Amber Marchese is a survivor whose beaten breast cancer once, however, with a second breast cancer diagnosis, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star reveals the second diagnosis took her by storm. Amber opened up to People Magazine,
”I can’t even begin to describe the feeling you get when someone says you have cancer,” she tells People. “Then to get it again after you thought you fought it and thought it was behind you…I was thinking, ‘This is definitely it. I’m going to die.’”
With her first bout with stage 1 breast cancer, Amber underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, and says that after all of the preventative measures it is unusual for the return of the disease.
“This is not common. I want people to understand that,” she says. “My case is not the average case. You have a double mastectomy and chemotherapy to stack all the odds in your favor so that there is no recurrence,” she explains. “The percentage of it recurring is very small, less than 5 percent. I just fell into that category. I wasn’t so lucky.”
During a casual night at home watching a movie with her husband, Amber suddenly reached her arms over her head and unintentionally touched her right breast finding a hard, pea-sized lump.
“And I just knew,” she says. “My heart just sank.”
She’s vowed to “go forward like Superwoman,” and despite her unusual situation is still encouraging women facing cancer to undergo mastectomies. “I don’t ever want to deter women from getting a mastectomy,” she says. “I don’t want women to say, ‘Well, she had a mastectomy. What’s the point of getting a mastectomy if it doesn’t work?’”
”That’s a very dangerous message to get out,” she explains. “I hear it all the time. ‘You got a double mastectomy. How did it not work?’ My case is not the norm. Do what’s right for you.”
Amber is optimistic and plans to tackle her health with the tenacious spirit. Amber shares updates on her health via her Facebook page. Below is the most recent update posted.