Photo: Gustavo Huerta, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer
In 2014, Heather Lozada was working as a nurse in Lubbock, but she felt something pulling her to Houston.
She applied for some jobs in Lubbock, but also put in for some in Houston where her sister lived. She applied for an educator position in the Texas Medical Center and within hours was scheduled for an interview.
“It was like God was saying, ‘Go to Houston, Go to Houston,’” she said.
She got the job and days later she and her husband, Joseph, bought a house in Houston.
“Everything was working out like it was supposed to,” Lozada said.
But she had a nagging feeling. She felt a lump but wasn’t too concerned. She was breastfeeding her 9-month-old son. She thought it was just a clogged milk duct.
She knew her insurance was about to run out with the job change, so she wanted to get it checked out just in case.
She had a mammogram and her OBGYN ordered an ultrasound.
“Everything had been working out so well, then all the sudden it was ‘oh, you have cancer,’” she said.
She had no history of breast cancer in her family and she had always lived a healthy and active lifestyle.
“It was a shocker being diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said. “I just never really thought it would happen to me.”
While she was still in Lubbock, she had a body scan and a biopsy.
She got the results while on a girls trip traveling to Houston with three of her closest friends.
Over the phone she found out she had Stage IV breast cancer that had spread to her liver and her lungs.
“It took my breath away,” she said. “I remember whispering,