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Mar 24, 2022
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It feels so strange to be writing this and putting together a site to help keep friends and family updated on my cancer treatment progress. (I actually involuntarily closed my eyes when I typed out c.a.n.c.e.r. just then. Surreal.)
Around the middle of May I found a mass on the left side of my breast. As some of you already know, I can be a bit of hypochondriac! When I was middle school aged, my mom told me about when she had appendicitis. Every stomach ache I had for the next two years I thought my appendix was bursting! Haha! So, it's not uncommon for me to try to talk myself out of making an appointment, because I'm literally overreacting.
But Matt was adamant that I go see someone and get checked. (He allowed me to let him wear the pants that day :D lol) I listened to him and on June 10th I went to see a NP at my primary doctors office. She didn't feel anything in the exam initially, so I was pretty sure we had an appendix situation goin on! and that everything was fine. She did say that I should have already had a mammogram by now (ugh, procrastination in true Kara Davis form!) I was in the area of the imaging center and thought "Let's just get the pancake boob procedure out of the way and move on!"
After two times through the knocker-smasher machine and an ultrasound, I felt the room change. The doctor and nurses were kind and so compassionate as they tried not to overwhelm me with too much information, but I really don't remember much of what was said after I heard 'possibly cancer'. My BIRAD score was 5, which I learned later, meant there was a 95% chance that there was a indeed a monster inside me. They quickly made an appointment for the next day, June 11th, to get my biopsies done. I can't begin tell you how AMAZING the doctor who did my biopsies was! as well as the nurses who worked along side her. She was straightforward letting me know every step along the way, but SO gentle and kind through the whole process. I feel crazy blessed to have had such incredible doctors and nurses so far!
An agonizingly-long, 6 days later, on June 17th, I got "the call". There was actually good news along with the bad: of course the bad was that the lump biopsy came back malignant, but the stereotactic biopsy of the concerning tissue above my left side, on my chest area, was benign. I'll take any good news to be had!
I don't know yet what's to come. We'll know more when I have my appointment with the oncologist/breast surgeon on 6/24. I do know that I have some of the best people in the world in my corner, my beautiful family and amazing friends! Whatever the situation, less crappy or the crappy of the crappiest, we're fighting hard and taking names!
PS. - Getting super nerdy!! OMEGAHEDRON is the power source of Argo City of Krypton, where Kara Zor-el lived (Supergirl) It can manipulate matter at the molecular level...you get it! : )