Jackie Seiner

First post: Sep 20, 2016 Latest post: Feb 8, 2017
My story

Monday August 15th 2016

A glass of wine and Bachelor in Paradise is my idea of a good night! I like to think all good stories start with a
glass of wine, so why should my breast cancer story begin any differently. 

I was laying on the couch watching my guilty pleasure TV show
and drinking a glass of red wine. I placed the glass on the coffee table and in
an effort to reach forward for my glass, my hand grazed my left breast
and I felt a lump. As many of you are probably thinking -and so was I, my whole
breast is really just a little lump…

I continued to feel and press on the lump, comparing the
feeling of the right breast to the left and realizing they felt significantly
different. Between sips and commercial breaks I found I was continuing to grope
myself increasingly getting nervous each time... ‘There’s no way I can have
breast cancer… this is totally fibrous tissue- actually my mom has that and I’m
pretty much her anyway.’

Two glasses of wine and 2 hours of this amazing show,
later -Rob’s home from soccer. Panting and dripping of sweat ‘I’m getting in
the shower’ he says. I thought to myself, well… not until you feel my left
boob. I get up off the couch and pitter patter my feet down the hallway to
follow him into the bathroom. ‘I have to tell you something, I felt a lump in
my breast when you were gone.’ We agreed it was nothing but to call the doctor
right away tomorrow morning.

Tuesday August 16th 2016

Looking back now, I’m not sure how but, I slept perfectly
fine last night! OK, OK I know how that happened –family trait (we’re good
sleepers). While driving to work at my new job and feeling for the lump every
so often I thought to myself  ‘maybe I’m over reacting. I really don’t feel it anymore…’ But,
I called the doctor anyway. They tell me they can get me in the next day (Wednesday)
at 11:15 to see the first available doctor. 
This happened to be the Nurse Practitioner Chris (a women). I have never
seen Chris for any passed appointments. But she quickly became a god sent.

Wednesday August 17th 2016

At my appointment my Nurse Practitioner Chris also felt
the lump. I’m split between ‘OK good I’m not crazy and oh you do?!?!?’ She
recommends an ultrasound and mammogram to make sure it’s what she thinks it is –glandular
tissue, I think to myself ‘that’s what my mom has… yes, of course it’s that!’  ‘Don’t be scared,’ Chris says. ‘I’m scared,’ I
say with tears in my eyes ‘how soon can I get the mammogram and ultrasound?’
Yes I think I’m the first women to say ‘how SOON can I get that mammogram…’ It
would be the next morning at 8 a.m. and I’d have the results right away.

I call my sister since my nerves are increasing now…We
still agree it’s going to be nothing but do NOT go to the doctor alone and call
mom NOW, my sister demands! As Jen prepares to rearrange her schedule to come
with me I remind her Rob is still off of work for summer break and he’s going
to come!

Thursday August 18th 2016

We arrive at UIC for ultrasound and mammogram. Ultrasound
–long, quite, exposed process. My mind is racing wondering if the tech KNOWS.
Up next mammogram (I might just pick a double mastectomy to never have that
again!!!) So yeah it sucked! Off to the waiting room I go and I’m told the doctor
will come and get me to read the results. Dr. Nancy Brown walks me down the
hallway back to the ultra sound room. Her first words are ‘Who are you here
with?  It’s bad news…’ Barely able to
process her words I tell her my husbands in the lobby. ‘I’ll go get him’ she
tells me. ‘He should hear this with you’.

So the bad news was…the mammogram and ultra sound
revealed two lumps in my left breast, with micro calcification, two affected
axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes and one lump in my right breast… I had only felt
one lump in the left and all this information was very hard to process.

On the drive home Rob and I cried and comforted one another and were pretty much terrified. Our phones had been buzzing with messages from my mom
and sister. ‘We have to call them’ one of us said. Rob calls Jen I call mom…
‘They think its cancer.’ (The biopsy that happened 6 days later confirmed what
they suspect).

In the meantime, Jennifer left court and rushed over
first, followed by mom and Kari, followed by food from our corner bar, Delux
(which is closed now... more bad news)! Followed by love and support from the
best husband, family and friends ANYONE is lucky enough to know. 

 Please join Rob and me as we continue to update this page
as we kick cancers ass one step at a time!!! We welcome all of your prayers and
swears! Trust me I have pray days and swear days! More to come.


Jackie and Rob Seiner 

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