Garry Davis
May 2021

The lump in my breast was first noticed on December 24, 2020 by my wife Brenda when she noticed something different in my right breast, one evening when I had my shirt off. She works for Kaiser, so she did not hesitate to make an appointment the next day with my doctor. I was 58 at the time and had no relevant symptoms other than occasional back discomfort. This was an unwanted Christmas present. I am an Exclusive Agency Owner for Allstate Insurance.

My Stage IV diagnosis meant surgery wasn’t required, and I started on Anastrozole before chemotherapy, which consisted of Taxol every three weeks. The first dose was challenging. My white blood count dropped the next day and I had flu-like symptoms. I ended up going to Urgent Care after two days. I was given a treatment to reduce my fever and Tylenol, and I started feeling better the next day. My oncologist decided to reduce the strength of the Taxol so I was not having any significant side effects. I have had four treatments and it is expected to continue through the summer.

My initial reaction to learning I had breast cancer was alarm and I felt scared. I started checking my Life Insurance policies and putting things in order for my family in case of the worst. I am a person of faith, so I trusted God knew what was best. I have an excellent support system in my family and our church.

My wife consulted people she knew who had breast cancer, and we began a healthier diet and more exercise. I have had genetic testing and was told no genetic mutations were detected.

I have been healthy all of my life and I have never had an overnight hospital stay. This disease was unexpected, and I am staying positive and in prayer. With God’s help, I intend to beat this dreaded disease. I am learning daily about breast cancer for men, mainly via books and internet articles. Men should develop a habit of regular breast examinations and cancer screening. The key is to try to catch the disease early.