Mom and Bubba (Craig and DeeDee’s dog)

Darlene Erickson

First post: Apr 4, 2018 Latest post: Sep 28, 2018
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Hi.  this is DeeDee Reiner, I am the middle daughter of Don and Darlene that may not know.  Our family thought starting a Caring Bridge site will allow us one place to update friends and family.  

About 6 weeks ago my mom noticed a lump  in her right breast.  She had a mammogram in  Minnesota prior to leaving for the winter to Arizona so this was alarming.  She immediately contacted her Dr. in AZ.

Thursday, March 15th a mammogram confirmed a lump that was concerning enough to the Dr that a needle biopsy was ordered.

Friday, March  23rd a needle biopsy was performed to see what this lump was all about.  (I think Im going to let my mom name this lump so we can refer to it as something else).  At this point of course NONE of us want to hear the word CANCER.  Mom is staying positive and her same bubbly self but also wanting to know.

Tuesday, March 27th.  Results.  The news we did NOT want to hear.  The lump is cancerous.  CANCER SUCKS!!.  During these updates I will not get too "medically" with the terminology but the official diagnosis is:  Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.  Stage 1 breast cancer.
My parents met with the medical staff including the surgeon.  They presented mom with options on what the medical staff felt were best options for my mom.  Together with this information and support of my dad and us girls my mom has made a decision to have a right breast mastectomy.  Our mom is comfortable with her medical team in AZ.  Together as a family we reassured her that she is in the right place to stay and have the surgery in AZ.  She will continue her recovery in AZ until they allow her to return to Minnesota sometime in May.