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1/23/2016 Latest post:
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In October I experienced pain in my right breast and in determining the source of the pain I felt a lump. I looked for free mammograms since I did not have great insurance. They said since I needed a diagnostic mammogram I needed to see my doctor first. I saw my Dr. on October 21st and scheduled the monogram for October 28th. From the responses of those who did the mammogram and ultrasound I thought there might be a problem. I was told that I would need a biopsy to determine what the lumps were. Because of the insurance situation I spoke to the nurse at the breast care center. She said she would get back to me that afternoon. When she called me back she had a plan for alexicare and a Dr. who would do the biopsies. I was able to see the surgeon on November 12, two very long weeks. He was encouraging (you'll be a great-grandma) but pretty sure it was cancer. Needless to say after four biopsies telling the kids wasn't easy. Five days later I heard the news breast cancer, but a good prognosis. Then the best part, having breast cancer qualifies me for Medicaid. I had been asking God how I could get insurance and now I have it. I have seen God's hand in all of the steps.
The next month was filled with appointments and new vocabulary as I began navigating the world of cancer. Oncologist, nurse navigator, genetics, port, fillings. All different appointments and needing someone with me to help remember it all. I'm thankful for a husband and kids willing to stand with me. Jessica came to one, Katrina another, Ally for the wig fitting and learning how to style it, David and Danielle for chemo, and all the while calls and prayers from the other kids and the rest of the family.