At the age of 33, Mindy Ricioli saw an Oprah episode on Television after which she took the lump in her breast seriously. The lump was located near her left armpit, she had noticed the lump near her left armpit about around four months but she thought the lump was a cyst and ignored it. In addition, there was no history of such a dangerous disease cancer in the family.
That Oprah episode was revolved around a woman named Erin Kramp, the woman had the advanced stage breast cancer. Afer knowing it, she recorded videotapes series to impart a mom’s wisdom — life lessons. However, she had not get the chance to share it with her daughter personally.
After watching the Oprah episode on TV, a Santa Rosa mother and wife, Ricioli decided to take the lump even more seriously.
Ricioli said that when she first felt the lump located near her left armpit, the presence of the lump was always hi her mind somewhere. She said, “I think I was kind of making excuses. I was in denial.”
Ricioli said that her life passed before her eyes when she learned that she had an invasive ductal carcinoma in 2010 which is a most common type of breast cancer.
She said, “When they said it wasn’t a cyst, I was trying to be hopeful that it wasn’t cancer, but I was so scared.”
“My husband, he’s a numbers guy. He would look up the statistics for a 33-year-old getting a diagnosis. … That helped me when you think about those odds, they’re in your favor,” she said.
The breast care coordinator at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Breast Care Center, Rose Cook said, “The issues that breast cancer survivors face are not unique to any of the other cancer diagnosis — it’s just that their potential of surviving is higher.”