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May 21, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Carole Brady Stempien is a dedicated wife and more importantly dedicated mother of two beautiful daughters. In addition to being a full time mom, she also maintains a full time working career. At the end of 2017 the entire Stempien family was thrown for a loop when Carole was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's been a trooper since the start and plowed through the holidays without missing a beat (as no one would expect anything else from Carole)!
We want to use this site to keep friends and family informed of what's happening during Carole's treatment journey, as well as allow people to send Carole notes or words of encouragement during this difficult year. Carole and I will do our best to provide periodic updates as to her health, well being, and overall progress during the next year or so.
First, here are the specifics of Carole's diagnosis:
On December 4, 2017 Carole was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. 3 tumors were detected, one significant and two much smaller ones all in the same area (right breast invasive ductal carcinoma). Additionally, Carole's lymph nodes on her right side tested positive for cancer cells as well (bad). She tested HERS2 negative (good) and the tumors are ER and PR positive. That's probably more details that most will want to know or understand.
So what does this mean? The prognosis is extremely good! Although the doctors don't typically speak in percentage terms, I was able to get one to say this has roughly a 95-96% success rate upon completion of treatment....so that was great news. Carole will be having double mastectomy, then will undergo likely 4-5ish months of chemotherapy, followed by radiation. This could all change upon inspection of the tumors post surgery. Because the cancer spread to the lymph nodes there is risk some cancer cells have moved to other parts of the body and that's the basis for the aggressive chemo and radiation treatment.
We'll keep everyone in the loop as much as possible but please send positive thoughts, prayers, and vibes Carole's way!