Brenda Gollihue | CaringBridge

Brenda Gollihue

First post: 2/3/2016 Latest post: 3/4/2016
In 2012, I was diagnosed with invasive DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) in my right breast, it was really small - only a cm. Breast cancer is not genetic for me, but it is familial. I had a lumpectomy and then a week later a hysterectomy, for a different health reason, then there was 6 weeks of radiation. I was fortunate enough not to have chemo. It was hormone receptive so I am on Arimidex, a hormone blocker. I thought after that I was all done, but apparently cancer had other plans...this time in my left breast. I have been diagnosed with a different type. I have micro-invasive high grade DCIS with Comedonecrosis and associated microcalcifications. Phew that's a mouth full! This one is less than a mm in size and estrogen negative. If it ends up being a triple negative, it might mean chemo this time. Ugh. I'll know more after surgery...
In less than 2 weeks, on Feb 11th, I will be going in for a double mastectomy - no reconstruction. While I do enjoy trying new things, this is definitely not what I had in mind. I do have to think of the positive though, like how much $ I will save on bras, I can lay on my stomach without them getting in the way, I can wear all kinds of shirts and not worry about whether or not I can button them up...and the list goes on.
Recovery time is 4-6 weeks, so I should be all caught up on personal email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Netflix, Amazon Video, local news, US news, International news, world news, NASA...ok pleasesomeone come visit me! lol!

So, I guess this is a long enough for my story. My hopes now are that my lymph nodes are clear and both radiation and chemo are not needed! :)

More to come...





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