On Friday, September 11th, 2009, abnormal masses were detected in Deb’s left breast and lymph node during a routine mammogram. Biopsies were performed and on September 16th, the pathology results confirmed that Deb has breast cancer. The tumors are in two quadrants of her left breast and one in her lymph node.
The cancer has been identified as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and will be treated as Stage III. The course of treatment will begin on Monday 10/12 with chemotherapy for 20 weeks, followed by a mastectomy. Post-surgery, 30 consecutive radiation treatments will be scheduled. It is going to be a very busy year.
Those who know Deb know that Deb will beat this! As Katie Cangemi put it, "Cancer picked the wrong lady!".
Deb is the mother of two young girls ages 9 months and 5 years old (at diagnosis). She lives in South Carolina with her wonderful husband, Ken. Please check the "Journal" page to stay updated on deb's journey.
What can you do?
* If you'd like to help, please see:
* Check this site frequently and provide your support to Deb and Ken
* Consider joining Deb's "Team Pinkalicious" for the 3 day Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago (6/10) or San Francisco (7/10).
* Girls - GET A MAMMOGRAM. Deb went in randomly after reading an email from a friend and thought it sounded like a good idea. The email may have very well saved her life! (Thank you Elizabeth!!!)