Survivor Palau‘s Jenn Lyon writes in People this week about her current treatment for stage three breast cancer. Jenn reached the final four in Palau, but lost a tie-breaker at Tribal Council to Ian, and became one of the few people to leave the game without being voted off.
Jenn writes that, last summer, she discovered a number of lumps in her breast. “I thought it was probably scar tissue related to my breast implants. So I let it go–for a long time.” She continues, “I got my saline implants six years ago. It was just something in my head that I thought I needed to do for self-esteem, to balance myself out. Before, I was a large A-cup, and the implants changed me to a small C-cup.”
Once she was finally diagnosed with breast cancer, she “opted to get a modified, radical bilateral mastectomy on Aug. 29 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A surgeon removed both my breasts and 29 lymph nodes,” she writes. Now, she’s about to “start a four- to six-month course of chemotherapy, followed by tamoxifen, a drug designed to prevent a recurrence.”
She also had surgery “to make room for the new implants–smaller silicone implants this time. A second operation Oct. 5 completed the process. My new implants have been a huge boost to my spirit,” she writes.