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Nov 21, 2018
The story of Evelyn having breast cancer is involved and layered...not just one simple explanation. It wasn’t just a matter of having a mammogram and then all information was immediately presented. It wasn’t as simple as finding out the breast cancer developed between the timeline of her mammogram from last year to finding the cancer this year. Because that’s what we thought, that this cancer developed, and grew and spread from the last mammogram to the most recent mammogram. You see, when we met with the Oncologist, Evelyn mentioned to him that she was surprised that the cancer had developed and had grown so fast within the past 10 months. The Oncologist immediately asked Evelyn, “are you thinking this cancer appeared between your mammogram in 2017 and now, 2018?” And, Evelyn replied “well, yes”. The Oncologist said,” no, you have had this cancer between 3 to 5 years.” Evelyn turned and looked at me, momentarily at a loss for words. Then after gathering her thoughts, the question Evelyn asked, which was the same question on my mind, was “why didn’t this show up on my annual mammogram for the past 3 to 5 years?” The reply was that the cancer didn’t show up on the mammogram at all, even this year. What did show up on the mammogram were the micro-calcifications, and, sometimes, but not always, there is cancer hidden behind the micro-calcifications. The cancer was discovered after a needle biopsy - which left Evelyn extremely bruised and bleeding. It took days before she was told she had cancer. At this point of receiving calls and being told the results are not completed and more testing (stains) had to be done, Evelyn said to the nurse who called that she felt frustrated because she was waiting and waiting, and still there was no forthcoming information, so when Evelyn, finally received a call to go in to talk to the Dr, she flatly refused to go to the OSF Breast Center. She asked for a phone call. The call came from the same Dr who had done the biopsy. The Dr sounded really nervous and said how awkward it was to tell Evelyn over the phone that she has breast cancer, ( initially) grade 2. After the call ended Evelyn’s first comment was how "bad" she felt for the Dr because the Dr sounded so anxious ...And, after roughly 2 months, that is how Evelyn finally learned that she had cancer.