My name is Kim Angell and I was diagnosed with stage 2B invasive lobular carcinoma at 34 years old. I underwent a lumpectomy followed by 8 rounds of dose-dense chemotherapy plus 28 treatments of radiation. Halfway through radiation, my oncologist called me after getting a second opinion on my pathology report and told me there were some cancer cells missed during my initial surgery. Six months after I finished my treatments, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction and have had three more breast reconstruction surgeries since. I am now on hormone therapy for the next 10 years to reduce my risk of recurrence and am happy to say that I just celebrated two years being cancer free. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt alone and like I was the only person young woman going through this. So, I started my blog Smile Through the Fog and began sharing my story through social media in the hopes of reaching other young women going through this and to let them know that they weren't alone. I've been able to connect with women all over the world and work with various non-profit organizations as a Patient Ambassador including BC Cancer, Cure Foundation, and Look Good Feel Better to raise more awareness that cancer does not discriminate, to educate others on what breast cancer really looks like and to let others know who are in the thick of it that they are not alone.
Kim was one of the first Instagram "cancer people" I can across when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year; we instantly connected. She is funny, warm, supportive, searingly honest and full of incredibly useful information. She has made my own cancer journey much easier to bear and is a real force for good through her channel. — Patricia
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