Bobbi Black, left, with her son, Ashton Black, and wife Judy Willis.
On June 14, 2021, Bobbi Black was at work at Samsung Austin Semiconductor when she got a phone call from her doctor that changed her life.
“It was at 9:30 in the morning. My doctor was on vacation and she wanted to let me know right away, so she notified me over the phone here at work,” Black recalled.
On the other end of the line, Black’s doctor gave her the news she had been dreading for days. She had Stage 2A breast cancer.
“It was pretty overwhelming. Scary,” recalled Black.
Just the week before, Black was going in for her first-ever routine mammogram at the age of 47.
“I definitely procrastinated a couple of years on it [getting a mammogram]. I just finally decided to do it. That’s one of the main things I wish I had gone in earlier,” Black said.
According to the American Cancer Society,
screening recommendations for women at average breast cancer risk states women between 45-54 should get mammograms every year.
With no family history or symptoms, she became concerned when they needed to do an ultrasound and follow up with a biopsy. Once diagnosed, Black underwent a double mastectomy and then five months of chemotherapy.
During that time, Black said her family was her support system. The hardest thing she had to get over was not being so hard on herself. “I’m a very independent, strong person. I don’t like other people helping me with things,” Black added, saying it was especially hard after her double mastectomy. “Just giving myself grace and allowing others to help me when I needed it.”