Nov 28, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 21, 2017
On October 23, 2017, I received that phone call every woman dreads. Hi Connie, this is Dr. Kobbermanns office we received your biopsy results and you have breast cancer. I wasn't totally surprised due to the fact this mammogram and biopsy were very different from the last ones. Deep down inside I knew it. After the nurse finished explaining to me what type of breast cancer I have she said " We need to see you Wednesday and bring someone with you because we are going to be telling you a lot of information and you won't be able to remember it all. After I hung up I just sat there trying to absorb what I had just been told.
The thoughts that ran through my mind were, This is Christopher's senior year in High School and this year is suppose to be about him not about me. How could life be so cruel I just got over my mom's cancer battle and death, I have to deal with this again. I know how cancer affects the entire family. How could this be happening to me I do everything right. I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke and I workout out every day. There is no family history of breast cancer on either side of my family. (my breast cancer has nothing to do with my mom's cancer. My mom's cancer spread almost everywhere but never to her breast, go figure). I'm the poster child for someone who would not get cancer or so I thought.
When I got home from the gym later that evening I went upstairs to tell Michael the news. He looked a little shocked when I told him but he was very supportive and told me we would get through this together. About 30 minutes later Michael came down to the kitchen and said to me, "Just making sure I wasn't dreaming, did you just tell me you have breast cancer? I said yes you heard me right. We both decided to wait to tell Christopher and the rest of the family until after my appointment on Wednesday. We knew everyone would have questions we did not have answers for yet.
Wednesdays appointment with Dr. Kobbermann went exactly as they said it would. Lots of information. Dr. Kobbermann went over my diagnosis in detail she even drew pictures to explain it in even more. I have stage 1A hormone positive breast cancer in my right breast. It was caught early so it is very treatable I have the most common most treatable type of breast cancer. She went over all of my treatment options and I chose to have a mastectomy with reconstruction. I just want this cancer out of me.
November 28th, 2017
So here I am today one day before my surgery. I decided right after my diagnosis that there is nothing I can do about my breast cancer, I have it, it is what it is, I can't change it so I will tackle this with a smile on my face. This will not be a secret. I am going to share my news so that I can tell women all the things I have learned about breast cancer since my diagnosis. 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of breast cancer. So ladies go get your mammograms, don't put it off. It can save your life.