Jennifer Heimbach | CaringBridge

Jennifer Heimbach

First post: Jul 18, 2018 Latest post: Aug 2, 2018
A couple of  years ago Jennifer went to the doctor for a mammogram and ultrasound due to a lump that was found. She was relieved to find that all tests showed  only very dense and cystic breasts . At the doctors request, , she went back in 6  month increments to follow the status of the cysts.  She was then able to return to annual mammograms. In May, she went to the doctor for an annual check up and mammogram.  A Call was received because the radiologist wanted a follow-up mammogram and ultrasound,  there was something suspicious on the x-ray that the radiologist was concerned about.    After more mammograms and the ultrasound, the radiologist told Jennifer that she needed to come back for two biopsies.  One was a stereotactic biopsy and the other was a needle biopsy.   On June 18, 2018 Jennifer logged into her Methodist my chart and found that her needle biopsy was positive for DCIS breast cancer.  . Fortunately, the DCIS was caught early and the doctors worked together quickly to set a date for Jennifer to have surgery to remove the cancer. However, they found the  DCIS to be larger than anticipated and they would have to cut out more than expected, so a mastectomy was suggested. Jennifer decided on a skin saving double Mastectomy,  which basically means that the breast tissue was removed from the inside but the outside of the breast s were saved. Jennifer had a 13 hour surgery on July 18th. In the days prior to the surgery Jennifer stayed calm and collected, and was determined to kick cancer's butt. 

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