The Face Of Cancer, A Personal Story From Jen Hansel
Jen Hansel started in the mortgage industry 8 years ago. She orchestrates and communicates with borrowers, realtors and title companies throughout the processing and underwriting stages of a loan, making sure all the necessary documents and information are in the file so the borrower gets their loan approved. Providing an elevated customer experience is Jen’s specialty.
Jen’s story started with a routine mammogram on 11/14/18.
I remember saying to Erin (senior mortgage advisor and close friend), I just have to check this off my list before the holidays. Two days later I got a call to go for another test. The radiologist said, “I cannot tell what this is.You need to go for a biopsy”.
I went for that biopsy on December 2nd and was told I had cancer on 12/5/19.
After seeing a surgeon from John Hopkins, I learned I had HER2 positive and estrogen positive invasive ductal carcinoma. HER2 is a very aggressive kind of cancer but we caught it early.
Lots of tears and unknowns.
A double mastectomy was scheduled for 01/25/19. I had a port put in my chest in early March and started 12 rounds of Taxol chemotherapy along with a year of Herceptin which is a targeted immunotherapy which has high success rates with the HER2 positive cancer. Being HER2 is scary because it’s aggressive, but my doctor said it was good because then I could get the targeted chemotherapy.
I tried the Dignicap which ended up saving 70% of my hair- so thankful. It was painful and required long days, but was so worth it. It made me feel less sick keeping my hair. I finished Taxol on June 6th and celebrated that day!
July and August is when I lost my lashes and brows.
Onto 6 more months of Herceptin and reconstruction surgery, then hoping to hear the words Cancer FREE!
Jen has found a lot of support from her family and friends. She has also started an Instagram page for her Dignicap experience at www.instagram.com/dignicap_jens_story to help others know what to expect from chemo and what the Dignicap experience looks like.
Fundraising for American Cancer Society is important to Jen and the whole Yi Team, now more than ever. Jen’s experience has made this very personal to our office. She is one of the more than 266,000 women who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Help us attack cancer from every angle by donating today. #realmenwearpink www.chongwearspink.com