Jean Catherine Kowalik

First post: 6/13/2017 Latest post: 7/23/2017
My journey I will be going through that I would like to Share with Family and Friends!!


Bobby and I looking forward to a Cruise April 15th with GREAT friends who are getting married at our first stop in St. Thomas.   4 days prior I found a lump on my right breast  - call my family doctor who set up a mamo 1 day back from the cruise.  We had the GREATEST time on the cruise.   Love You Randi and Joe!!

4/25   - mamo - shows worrisome area.  SAME day my family doctor called to give me steps to start my journey.  

4/26 - trying to decide my choice of who to go with - Decision went with 2 places -  Binghamton NY and Utica NY.  This was  based on recommendations. I received many, but was overwhelmed.

made a decision to go local in Utica NY  - going through the steps prior to surgery - office visit - biopsy - blood work - office visit- xrays - MRI - office visit

I felt like I should have gotten a room at the surgeons office for Bobby and I.   lots of questions - sitting - worry and decision

test shows Cancer - Stage 1 - right breast - looks like (in my words not the test results) with it being in one place maybe not spreading and my surgery is this Thursday May 18th.  
 I can say - Happy Me!!!  I am going to beat the C!!!

Monday - May 15th - Getting close to my surgery.  Taking each day at a time.  I feel real good about this!!  Bobby and I like the surgeon and feel confident. The procedure as of now is a lumpectomy with a sentinel node biopsy (just as a precaution).   Bobby and I Thank all of you for understanding calling each person for updates would be overwhelming.  

Sunday May 21st - had my surgery on Thursday.  Dr Max went in and took additional nodes out for precaution and the tumor is out!!  very brief home after
2 days in the hospital.  Bobby and I are doing good.  tired and catching up on sleep.  doctors appt on Tuesday for our next step.  hoping radiation and not another surgery.

Tuesday May 23 - followed up with the surgeon.  found more cancer in the margin area. knowing this could have been the outcome-  surgery June 1st - We are trying to process all this.  We know you are there to support us and we Thank You!


Friday May 26 - decided to get a second opinion.  going to a Breast Center in Rochester NY -  (Highly Recommended) - have a appt on June 6.  


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