Alisha Richins | CaringBridge

Alisha Richins Alisha's Adventure

First post: Jan 18, 2018 Latest post: May 17, 2018
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So lets start at the beginning to get you caught up and then I will try to keep updates posted for everyone along the way.
Last July I noticed a lump in my left breast after I stopped nursing Kord. I thought it was a clogged duct and watched it for awhile. When it didnt go away I showed my OB who also agreed it was likely a clogged duct. I started trying some lymphatic massage and heat to unblock it and in October I noticed a lymph node and some pain. I saw my OB again in December and she ordered an ultrasoud and mammogram to see what was going on. I had the mammogram and ultrasound January 4th after which the radiologist said she "had concerns for cancer". I was scheduled for an MRI and biopsies the next week. The biopsies showed metastatic invasive ductal carcinoma grade 3 that has spread to my lymph nodes. I met with my cancer team that includes a radiation oncologist, oncologist, surgeon, geneticist and nurse to discuss my treatment plan. I will start with 18 weeks of chemotherapy as well as monoclonal antibody treatment followed by surgery, likely a double mastectomy and then radiation. It is going to be a long journey with treatments over the next year but I know with the support of family and friends all will be well. I appreciate your prayers, concern and love. 

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