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Jamie Samson Jamie's Breast CA Journey

First post: Jul 6, 2017 Latest post: Aug 15, 2017
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.  We have had so many friends and family members asking for updates, so I feel this is the most practical way to share. Thank you for visiting.

On March 23,2017, our lives were changed forever. As I was getting undressed to take a bath, I noticed a lump in my left breast. I went to the dr for a mammogram and ultrasound the very next day. As soon as I saw the ultrasound image, my worst fears were confirmed. I knew it was cancer, now I just had to wait on the biopsy results to find out what type I was up against. 

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2A.  The journey begins. 

Here is my journey up until this point, in a nutshell:  
Today is July 6, 2017. As of today, I have received 4 chemotherapy treatments which have all come with their own set of trials and tribulations. Chemotherapy is not for whimps! Allergic reactions, GI issues, complete sun avoidance, 2 hospital stays, just to name a few (trust me there are more!) It's clear that chemo is powerful., and so is God! 
Last week, my Drs and I decided it's time to stop chemo!! That's right, NO MORE CHEMO!! The wonderful news is that the tumor in my breast is no longer visible on ultrasound! The same chemo that has been kicking my butt has been wiping out that tumor, too! Praise God for answered prayers!  
I will do my best to update this site when I can so those of you that would like to know can be informed of my next steps. I should know more in the coming week or two about when my surgery will be. I will continue to have targeted infusions of Herceptin (this is the drug that is targeted for my type of tumor) every 3 weeks for the remainder of a year (April 2018.) This is one of the 4 drugs I've been receiving with chemo, but "supposedly" it's not the culprit of the nasty side effects.  
For now, I'm trying my best to recover from my latest infection. Hoping to have at least a couple/ few "normal" weeks before surgery! 

Thanks for all of your prayers and support! 

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