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April 22, 2015 3:11 PM

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It was four years ago this week -- the week of my birthday -- when I first went to see my gynecologist after having found a large lump in my right breast. I put my brain on standby mode and went in for an examination. She took a look and immediately sent me for a mammogram a few blocks away.

As I walked over to get the mammogram, I remember it being a beautiful soft sweet spring day. The day seemed a little brighter at the edges the way I imagine it might if you're losing your grip on sanity. The air, I think, had never smelled sweeter. It felt softer than gossamer on my arms and hands....

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