Erinn Henes

First post: 9/1/2017 Latest post: 9/20/2017

On August 12th, 2017 Mike and I were given the news that I have breast cancer, and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Since that day I have found out more information...my cancer is  Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, grade 3 with lymph node involvement. The grade 3 relates to the characteristics of the tumor. The stage of my cancer is 2B, which is considered early stage and highly treatable. 

My oncologist and I have decided to do chemo treatments first for a few reasons, with the main one being we can monitor how the mass reacts to the chemo. The hope is it will shrink enough for me to have a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy. It has been found that high grade tumors generally respond well to chemo, which we are hoping will be the case for me. The chemo treatment plan is as follows: 

-A mixture of two (2) drugs every two (2) weeks for four (4) cycles. 
-That will be followed by one (1) drug every week for 12 weeks.  

I will be monitored closely throughout treatment to see how my body is reacting to the protocol.  Additionally, I am having genetic testing done.  The results of that testing could alter the treatment plan, including the surgical options.

September 1st I started the process by having my port catheter inserted. This is inserted under the skin into a large vein near the heart. My first  chemo treatment is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th. Mike is going with me for much needed support.

I am asking for help and support especially through continuous prayers for myself and my family.

I also would ask all ladies to perform regular self examinations. My cancer came on fast and strong in-between my yearly scheduled mammograms.

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