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Welcome to my CaringBridge site. I have created it to keep friends and family updated. I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Initially I did not want to do a web site but I began to realize that having to share my updates over and over again to people is just too hard. Through this site, I hope to be able to keep people who know and care about me up to speed on what is going on and, at the same time, find strength in your support.
I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), stage zero, on Thursday, July 14th. I was at work when I got the phone call around 4:25. I was stunned because I had been told there was a 90% chance this tiny speck barely visible on a mammogram was benign. I met with my surgeon, Dr. Suniti Nimbkar, and my medical oncologist, Dr. Meredith Faggen, on Tuesday, 7/19/16 at the Dana Farber location in Weymouth. The plan right now is likely a lumpectomy followed by six weeks of radiation, 5 days a week and then anti-hormonal treatment for five years. I am told my tumor is 1mm or less, high grade and estrogen and progesterone receptor positive, meaning those hormones feed its growth.
This has obviously been hard news for me to hear. It was also incredibly hard to tell the love of my life, Sean, and my friends, family and Liberty Mutual family this news. I know I will find strength, encouragement and perseverance in the words you choose to share with me on this page. I keep trying to find the silver lining in all of this: I am very lucky it was found when it was. Now, let's go kick this!!!!!!!!!!
First up: genetic testing tomorrow, 7/22 at Dana Farber in Boston. Next: MRI next Tuesday 7/26 to prep for surgery.