Katherine Spigener

First post: Jan 9, 2019 Latest post: Jul 28, 2019
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In the middle of December 2018, I felt a sharp pain in my left breast which led me to find a lump that concerned me. I had a mammogram and ultrasound  that found suspicious areas of "tightly clustered calcifications", and they sent me for a biopsy on Friday. The surgeon who did the biopsy told me to prepare for a possible cancer diagnosis. On the following Monday,  I received a positive diagnosis of breast cancer: Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) as well as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. It is intermediate in aggression, which is not a surprise because breast cancers in younger women tend to be more aggressive in general. My cancer is not a "rare" one, but seeing it in a 31 year old is. The median age for breast cancer is 61. This is a major factor driving our short term treatment plan as well as our long term plan to prevent recurrence and other complications. 
 Thank you to those of you who have been praying, helping with kids and meals, sending words of encouragement, scripture, cards, and messages in the mail and online. Each one of them means so much. I have already been overcome with support from friends and loved ones. Most of all, God is always, always good and He has not abandoned me to this disease. There is lots in my favor and I am a child of God with great hope for the future.

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