Her story is shared.Clea ShearerAfter discovering in February that she had breast carcinoma, she is trying her best to stay positive.
Cofounder of Home Edit, 40, shared her diagnosis via social media, Thursday, April 7, in the hope that others will notice the warning signs.
“I have breast cancer. It’s a hard thing to say, but it’s easier than keeping it to myself,” Shearer began her Instagram post. “I’m having a double mastectomy tomorrow (prayers are welcome!), and I wanted to say a few words before I do.”
The Get Organized with The Home EditStar explained that she discovered a lump in her breasts during February’s last week. She revealed that after trying to make an appointment with her obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) “for several months” she switched course to get better medical care.
“I had to request a mammogram from my general doctor, which led to an ultrasound, and then an emergency triple biopsy,” she explained.
According to the professional organizer, she discovered that she had two tumors measuring one centimeter in diameter. She was diagnosed with stage 1 mammary cancer.
“[They] are aggressive and fast moving — but I caught it early,” Shearer continued, noting, “Had I not taken this upon myself, I would be in a completely different situation right now.”
The Netflix personality, who works with a partner Joanna Teplin, spoke about her “personal choice to make this public,” saying that by sharing her story, it makes “cancer feel purposeful.”
Shearer explained that if her own battle with cancer can “convince any of you to self-examine on a regular basis, self-advocate always and to prioritize your health over your busy schedules — then this will have meant something.”
The Home Edit WorkbookShe was only 40 when the tumors began to form, according to her coauthor. She revealed that she also has “no history” of breast cancer in her family.
“Even if cancer feels improbable, it’s still very possible,” she wrote, before getting real about her initial emotions about her diagnosis. “I have to admit, for the first few days I endured the ‘why me’ feelings. But quickly, I started to think, ‘Honestly, why NOT me?!’”
The California native realized that she has a better chance at fighting breast cancer than a lot of women with lesser means, which is why she’s looking on the bright side.
“I have all the support, resources, and a platform to help other people through this. So if anyone has to have breast cancer, I’ll gladly let it be me,” she concluded. “Thank you for being on this journey. I love our community, and you mean more to me than you’ll ever know. ♥️.”