Robert E McMillan
March 2019

I’m married to Sandra McMillan (the rock that I lean on). We’ve been married now for over 15 years and have no children (unless you count our fur babies). I was a call center alarm monitor before I stopped working for other health issues.

Laying across the bed one day with my shirt off (it was a hot day), I just haphazardly ran my hand across my chest and felt a lump that didn’t feel right. The nipple had even inverted. I told my wife about it and we made an appointment with my family doctor, who referred me to UT Cancer Center where they did the mammogram.

In June 2017, aged 52, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I have to say I was frightened and scared and didn’t know what to think. My family
was shocked, but I handled the process one day at a time with the support of my wife.
My friends and colleagues were surprised that men could have this type cancer. I had a genetic test, but it came back negative.

I had single mastectomy, and I am now taking Ibrance and Letrozole.

In the beginning, I felt depressed and thought I didn’t have long to live. Now I have come to terms with it and am taking it one day at a time.

We reside in Clinton, TN. Some of my personal interests are photography/videography, and computers, mostly scouring/surfing the internet. I also enjoy several different types of music and watching the classic TV sitcoms.

My good friend Candi says I’m brave, but I’m not too sure about that. I’m just like everyone else fighting this dreadful disease. I don’t want to die either, although

God’s will, will be done, and I’m trying my best to come to terms with it all.

I have to say, all men need to do self-breast exams just like women, and to take the possibility of getting this disease seriously. The earlier it’s caught, the better it will be for treatments.