I Had Breast Cancer


“I found a lump on my right nipple, and thought it was nothing, but my mom had a bilateral mastectomy two years prior so I thought I should get it checked out,” recalls Adam Reid, who chose the UCLA Breast Center, Santa Monica for treatment. “Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, but the statistics for men getting it are really low. I still don’t think I’m over the emotional shock of saying ‘I had breast cancer,’ even now. My choice was mastectomy or radiation and I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. I’m in remission. I’m a cycling enthusiast and it really helped with the healing process. On one sixty-mile bike ride, I thought, ‘I don’t want to keep telling people why I haven’t been riding for the past eight months, so I’ll take some pictures and maybe they’ll help.’ Maybe someone else who’s riding and dealing with this will want to talk. I’d be happy to talk with them.”

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