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As needed, I've been letting people in different areas of my life know about the progression of my "health stuff". Now it's time to share this with you!
Short version: It's going to be fine! :)
A bit longer version: I felt a lump in my right armpit the end of January. A series of tests (including an MRI, a PET scan, and two separate biopsies) and appointments throughout February helped narrow down and determine the primary source and affected body parts. Good news is the cancer is JUST in the initial lymph node and a mass 3-5 inches away. The scans show an "all clear" in the rest of the body. A port was put in on February 28 and I had my first dose of chemo on March 15. It will be administered every two weeks for four times, and then they'll switch drugs to weekly for twelve weeks. Surgery is still expected after about 5 months of chemo.
I'm thankful for the health insurance my husband has through work (Polaris), the great medical care so far, and faith and a positive attitude in everything else. Jake (senior) and Nick (junior) are taking this in stride (must be from my German heritage), and we're keeping Tony in the loop (he's student teaching this semester and graduates from UW-Superior in May).
As this breast cancer treatment progresses, please know I'll be happy to talk about this (if you ask) but I don't want / expect it to be an all-consuming topic of interest.
Thanks in advance for your support and prayers, :)