September 18, 2017 our world was turned upside down. I was told I had Breast Cancer. I was overwhelmed and scared about how I was going to tell my kids and family. 2017 SUCKS! Earlier this year we unexpectedly lost my Dad. This was very hard for all of us as he was so important to us. We were just starting to move forward -planning our trapping season, getting ready for Katie's hockey season., planning our winter. When we were hit with this.
I found a lump in my breast early July . I made a Dr. appointment to get it checked out. At the urging of my BFF she said call back get an earlier appointment cause mine was over 30 days away. So I did. Dr said it is standard procedure to get mammogram, ultra sound and a surgical consult. So appointments were made and I did mammogram -cold hands! And ultrasound. Surgical consult was 7 days later. But before that could happen the ultra sound department called me back saying they wanted to do a guided biopsy. So we set a date for that. I was a bit concerned but still optimistic. Then the clinic called and Dr. wanted to see me ASAP. Now I was worried. The day of my Dr visit I also had my surgical consult. So first appointment Dr tells me I've gone from low to high risk based on ultra sound and mammogram and the ultra sound department is going to call me. I told her yup I know they already called and I'm on my way to see surgeon. My appointment with the surgeon brought breast cancer to the front runner of what the lump in my beast was. I could wait until ultrasound biopsy or have him do it in the next 4 days. I opted for the immediate biopsy. If it was cancer better to figure out that's what is was and deal with it. It was an easy choice.
We waited for results. The Day came to get the results - you kinda expect it but always held out hope it wasn't going to be - but my results were positive it was cancer.
My oncologist has chosen chemo first then surgery. I have chosen for both breasts to be removed. Then chemo again for 6 months then reconstruction and recovery. I have been able to deal pretty well with this all but today was a bad day emotionally. I was told I'm allowed to to have those days -but I felt bad cause I was ugly crying at work! I have my first appointment with my oncologist on Thursday and it's all becoming very real. I'm glad things are moving forward quickly but it's scary. I have great family, friend and co-worker support. I'm not afraid to ask for help but just don't know when or what I will need BUT I will ask!!
I'll keep everyone posted on my journey to Jenni 2.0. - my upgrade! Cancer is just a chapter in my book it is not my whole story! Stay tuned! ❤️