She had no reason to think anything was wrong. It was a typical exam that had previously shown negative results. However, that year, the exam showed a small finding. An anomaly, the doctor suggested, but insisted on a biopsy to rule out any possibilities.
A week later, the doctor called.
Diane Glenn was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. “It was very frightening,” she says. “I immediately thought I was going to die.”
She’d known people who had died from cancer and believed it was the outcome for those diagnosed including her. Distraught, she sank into a dark place.
“I remember lying on the couch in a fetal position. I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I cried every time I thought about it.” Then, a light bulb went off.
She knew of treatment options that would give her a greater chance of surviving since she was diagnosed early. But most importantly, she had a husband who loved her dearly and three children, 16, 9 and 10 months old who desperately needed their mother.
“I got to fight to do whatever I can to live," she says.
“I didn’t want to take any chances,” she says, choosing to have her left breast removed.
As part of her recovery, Diane changed her eating habits to rid her body of excess hormones. She juices and drinks more water. She’s eliminated hormone-induced foods, and eats organic and natural foods namely fruits and leafy green vegetables. “It’s what my body needed to help fight cancer.” She also attributes her faith in God and supportive family and friends for her successful recovery.
In 2010, she founded The Gift of Life Foundation to provide support for breast cancer survivors. "I'm not just a survivor for myself. I believe I'm still here because God can use me to make a difference in the life of someone else going down a similar path."
There are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Diane Glenn stands among them seven years cancer-free.