Denise Ranne

First post: Feb 16, 2016 Latest post: Jun 18, 2016
My story hmmm well seems this year has been a tough one. My husband Roger was in a motorcycle accident and had an amputation of his left leg, knee down. He is doing real well. Then just before Christmas my sister Marcy, who has been fighting breast cancer for over 10 years, got very sick. I went to Arizona to pick her up because I was informed by her friends and co-workers that she was not doing well. She was very sick and I brought her back home to help her get her strength back and to get further breast cancer treatment. But Marcy's body couldn't take no more She passed away 2/3. I miss her so much!

Several months prior I had felt several lumps in my right breast. This didn't concern me as I have fibrocystic breast disease and prone to lumps. During a visit with Marcy's oncologist I had a strong feeling I needed to get this checked out. I had a normal mammogram in November so I wasn't to worried.

So I went in for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound which showed a suspicious mass. The day after Marcy passed I had a biopsy of this area. Monday I received the call that I had breast cancer. I went into a state of shock. I still can't fully take it all in.

I had an MRI that shows suspicious lymph node activity. I will have a biopsy on2/18 to check the lymph nodes. I will have a port placed on 2/19 to help me when I start chemo.

I am told that this is grade 3 cancer and aggressive. My oncologist recommends chemo before any surgery. This is to help shrink the cancer and to make sure what chemo works best.

My husband and I have made the decision to have a double mastectomy once my oncologist feels the chemo has done what it's going to do.

I am scared yet I know that I have a huge support system to help me through.

I have set up this site so that my support system can keep up to date on me and help when I have a need.

Right now I just need words of encouragement and laughter.

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