Welcome to our CaringBridge website which we set up to keep our family and friends involved in our journey to curing my breast cancer. We are so grateful for the enormous network of friends we have and the loving family that is always there for us when we are faced with a challenging situation. We cannot thank you enough for the support, words of hope, and encouragement that gives us the strength to face this battle and beat it!
My journey began as follows:
- 8/11/20 - Annual Mammogram (have gone faithfully every year and never had anything suspicious but a small cyst that was drained and biopsied on my right breast)
- 8/17/20 - Annual GYN appointment with breast exam - all good - 8/18/20 - Called back for 2nd mammogram and ultrasound; results that day indicated some calcification that they wanted to take a better look at on right side, so they scheduled me back for a stereotactic biopsy under the mammogram machine
- 8/20/20 - UMASS imaging called and asked if I could come in 1/2 hour early to redo the ultrasound as there was also some suspicion on my right axillary lymph nodes that they wanted to take another look at. I went in for the ultrasound and they cleared the left breast but decided they wanted to also biopsy the right lymph nodes. I had the stereotactic biopsy on the right breast and almost passed out from anxiety but got through it. Then had 3 needle biopsies under ultrasound on the right axillary area.
- 8/24/20 - 7:30 am, my primary doctor, Dr. Behmer, called and tole me both biopsies were positive. My right breast showed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) nuclear grade 2, solid, cribriform type with associate comedo necrosis and microcalcification; lymphovascular invasion present. I HAD BREAST CANCER! I had no family history on either side of my family. Ladies, do not do a two-year regimen for mammograms. If I had skipped a year, I don't know what I would be facing. I have been faithful every single year and look at what happened in one year.
A friend just shared with me a personal loss in his life and ended the note with the message "In the Spirit of Hope and Faith". These words will be forever in my heart and in my mind as I wake each day ready to take on what life has put before me. Thank you RDS.