Hello! My name is Fran, and most likely if you are reading this you already know me.
I have been asked by friends to keep people updated, on my cancer journey, so I have chosen to use the Caring Bridge website. As this journey continues, this will be an easier way to update friends and family.
Everyone has his or her own personal story, and this is part of mine.
This year I had my annual mammogram in February. This is later than normal for me, because I typically have my checkups in June. When you do your annual mammogram, you never expect they will call you back.
This year I was wrong. I received a call to have another mammogram, sonogram, and then a biopsy. At this point, I was still confident that it was going to be negative, because we have no breast cancer in our family history.
I was wrong again. The biopsy did not say 100% that it was breast cancer, but there were strong indicators. I met with a surgeon who recommended a lumpectomy, making sure we had clear margins, and removing the first two lymph nodes. For those who are not as familiar, clear margins are an area of skin where there are no cancer cells.
The surgeons considered my surgery to be a success, and feel confident in the clear margins. After the surgery they were able to confirm my diagnosis as Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Starting May 18th I will be starting my treatment for preventative care. My treatment plan entails 4 rounds of Chemo Therapy, followed by radiation. My treatment will take approximately 4 months.
I count many blessings in my life, but I wouldn’t have guessed being late getting my mammogram would be one. The doctors discovered the tumor in the early stages, while it was still small. They believe it was only 4-5 months old. If I had gotten my mammogram last June as normal, they would not have found anything. Then the following year at my annual checkup, it would have been the size of a golf ball.
Through this entire process the medical team at Sutter have been beyond amazing. They have guided me through this process with care, and providing me with their wealth of knowledge and support.
I am unclear of what the next four months will entail; but I am staying positive, and I know that I will make it through this fine. This is a bump in the road of my journey, and I am not going to let it define me. I will be stronger for this experience, and the blessings that I have in my life. I thank you in advance for all your prayers and support.
I will keep this site updated when I can as I continue on in this journey.
Love and hugs to all in Christ. Fran Morell
P.S. To confirm, yes I have dyed purple streaks in my hair. You ask why, because it is fun, and why the heck not!