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Laura’s Story

Hi everyone! I'm setting up this site because we want to keep everyone posted on how things are going, and we thought it might be easier to put all the updates in one place. So here they are! You can sign up to get an email when this site is updated, or you can just check back when you're wondering what's going on. Click "read story," below, for more.



Many of you have heard all of this this by now, but I wanted to have an ‘official’ post here with all the details. And to catch up those of you who haven’t heard anything and just thought I've just been a total slacker lately and haven't been doing anything.

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On Thursday, April 12th, I was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer called Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma. On April 18th I had a mastectomy. On May 17th I’ll start chemo, which will take me about 6 months.

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Young women get the most aggressive breast cancers, so my doctors say we are going to respond in kind and treat it as aggressively as possible. I chose to have a bilateral (both sides) mastectomy to prevent any future cancer in the other side.

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After surgery, we found out that my cancer is Stage 2a, and Grade 3. The stage means how far the cancer has progressed, and it's a number between 1 and 4. Grade means how fast it grows, and can be between 1 and 3, with 3 being the fastest. During the operation, they removed three lymph nodes from under my arm, and checked them for cancer. If the cancer spreads, the lymph nodes are usually the first place it goes. I'm happy to report that my lymph nodes were cancer free!

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My prognosis is good, and it looks like we caught it very early. Things will suck for a while, but in the end, they’ll be fine.

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I was out of work for three weeks recovering from surgery. I’m hoping to be able to work most of the time during chemo, but I’m sure I’ll have to take some time off then, also.

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Now, here are the answers to some questions I’ve been getting a lot:

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Where/when was the surgery? Jewish Hospital (downtown, not east), Wednesday, April 18, 6:30am. I came home on Sunday, April 22.

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What’s your address? 522 Crestview Court, Jeffersonville, IN 47130.

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Does this run in your family? The short answer is that I don’t really know. My maternal grandmother had a cyst or growth or something, but by the time it was discovered, she was already in the last stages of intestinal and cervical cancer, so they never tested the lump to see if it was cancerous or benign. She was in her 70's at the time. I don’t any other relatives with breast cancer.

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Reconstruction? Yes, but it won’t be completed until after chemo.

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Let’s face it, we’re all nosy people; if you’re wondering about anything else, just let me know. :)

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If you want to check in or want an update, here is Dan’s info, and he will be happy to fill you in (he’s expecting to be my PR person - and pedicurist - for the next few weeks): 502-396-3774 and dan.canon@gmail.com.

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Or you can check back here & we will update as soon as possible to let everyone know how the surgery went!

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What I've already learned from all this is how LUCKY I am to have all of you in my corner. If I have to go through this crap, I'm so so thankful to be going through it with you all behind me. Thank you!

Latest Journal Update

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A NEW JOURNAL!!!

This here is your formal invitation to follow me over to my new journal! It's easier to use, it was more customizable, and it lets me post pictures instead of little links (which my dad finds annoying, and so do I!).

http://lauramellis.livejournal.com/

CLICK HERE!!!

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On the left is a little form you can fill out to get an email sent to you when I make an update, so you don't have to be forever checking the page while you wait for me to wake up from my chemo-nap and write something, already.