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On Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, I found a large lump in my right breast. I visited my OB/GYN that afternoon and was told it was probably a cyst, but they wanted to schedule an ultrasound to be sure. The ultrasound was scheduled for Monday, December 27th. I enjoyed the holidays with visiting relatives and lots of family gatherings, not worrying too much about the "cyst." But the ultrasound showed a solid mass, not a cyst. It also located an enlarged lymph node. Everything changed. A needle core biopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, January 4th. It was the longest week of my life, every minute dragging until the appointment. It would be 48 hours until the results came back from the lab.
On Thursday, January 6th, 2011, with Dave at my side, I was told I have breast cancer - infiltrating ductal carcinoma. Our worst fears had come true. The world closed in for a while. But we are lucky enough to have an amazing team of health professionals working to cure me.
Our Nurse Navigator, Kim, spoke to us for an hour that afternoon, repeating things many times as we tried to take it in. She has helped guide us through all of the appointments, the paperwork, the terminology and the fear. She is my advocate, scheduling me with the best doctors, and calling me as soon as my test results are in.
Dave is my teammate, my partner, and my strength. We are getting through this together. Ben and Matt are my reasons, my comedy relief, my unconditional loves. They are surprisingly strong. They lift me up.
Our family and friends have surrounded us in love, prayer, and support. I could not make this journey alone. I am so thankful for all of you. Please keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming. They are working!