Cancer sucks. Fighting it sucks. Getting it sucks. What it does to your body sucks.
Cancer screenings have advanced tremendously in recent years, and if you're on top of your check-ups, your doctor can usually spot if there's something irregular and nip the problem in the bud early on.
But for Jennifer Cordts, it unfortunately wasn't that simple.
She went to her primary care doctor and scheduled herself for a mammogram. The test results came back negative. There was no tumor. There was no lump. Her blood work came back fine. Her doctors assured her she was fine, so Cordts went away happy that the discoloration was nothing serious, thinking that she probably received it because her "bra was too small."
Late one night, Cordts googled her symptoms and a particular search result scared her: Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
"IBC came up. Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It was the first thing that popped up. And it was late at night. Everybody was asleep. And I was terrified. I just had a bad feeling," she sad in an interview with First Coast News.
The problem is Cordts learned that she was in stage four of IBC and her research revealed that there was nothing she could do to stop it; her condition was terminal.
"It took my breath away. I remember him saying inflammatory breast cancer. And all I could think about was what I Googled. Because what I Googled said everybody dies. That nobody survives. So, I knew my fate right then."
Every three months Cordts undergoes a scan to see whether or not that cancer has spread throughout her body. Results take an anxiety-filled week to process.
"Here's the thing. This is so rare that many gynecologists and primary care providers – they don't see this stuff. They don't see it so they'll come up with every excuse that it's something else than what it is. This is how it goes undetected,” - Dr. Shannon Poppito, clinical psychologist at Baylor Scott and White.
She hopes her story is spread so women can push for additional testing and raise awareness about this little talked about form of cancer.
As of now, her cancer is at bay, and she hopes to keep it that way for as long as possible. Until then, she's making as many memories with her family as possible. (h/t firstcoastnews)