Despite a lack of family history positive for breast cancer, Jodi recently found a small lump while shaving and went in right away for follow-up. (Actually, first, she ultrasound herself to confirm that there was reason for concern, because that's how she rolls -- and then she went in to see her doctor). She'd had a clean mammogram just three months prior, but another ultrasound and biopsy confirmed her suspicion: the lump was cancerous, and in addition, it had already spread to the neighboring lymph node. Being a forward-motion New Yorker, Jodi got right on seeking all diagnostics and laying out a treatment plan, which currently includes a partial mastectomy (occurring on May 13, 2020), followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. She has completed a PET scan; there is no cancer elsewhere, so this is late stage one/early stage two as it stands. Because of her young age and lack of family history of breast cancer, Jodi also underwent genetic testing to see if she might be affected by any "cancer gene." While positive results are not anticipated, they could impact the treatment plan if returned (i.e., necessitate more aggressive surgery or a different type of chemo). This tumor is estrogen-driven, so if there are positive genetic results, then a double mastectomy and/or ovary removal could be warranted.
For now, though, the plan is just surgery and then radiation/chemo. She will need lots of support during that treatment stretch -- mostly just meals and some chores/errands. This requests will be posted here and shared.
Thank you for all of the love and support. Jodi is a badass, and she will certainly conquer this, too, with the support of her village.