Heather DeStefano

First post: Aug 19, 2020 Latest post: May 2, 2021
On Monday, August 17th 2020 around 4pm, I received the call informing me that I have breast cancer.  With no family history, I can honestly say that I never anticipated hearing the words, "you have breast cancer".

 About a month prior I felt a small lump in my underarm, I had my GP take a look, he thought it was a cyst or fatty tissue but told me to follow up in a week since it was causing me discomfort.  I sent a message the following week and he referred me to see one of two general surgeons to get it removed.   I took the first available appointment on Friday, August 14th with a physician that happened to specialize in breast cancer (lucky for me).  The surgeon came in, felt the lump and noted it was on a lymph node, she quickly started asking a lot of questions, and examining all my lymph nodes and my breasts.  She found a spot of concern on my right breast, and marked it.   Since she primarily works at the Piper Breast Center,   she made some calls to get me into the breast center that day, Eric was able to meet me there and I spent over 4 hours getting 3D mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies; it was scary.  

 End result, I have invasive carcinoma that started in my breast and metastasized to lymph node in my underarm, the originating area did not show up on any of my previous mammograms or the mammograms I had on Friday.   We are awaiting more test results but should receive treatment options on Friday, August 21st.

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