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9/11/2016 Latest post:
I was diagnosed 8/31/16 with invasive lobular carcinoma in my left breast. Ugh. Ugly words. It freaked me out. The nurse practitioner, Paula, who coordinates care at Kaiser, said, "Let me explain about invasive. It means the cancer has moved out of the lobule where it began. But the area is around an inch and it looks like it is in a good place for a lumpectomy." There is no sign of cancer anywhere else. I met with her (with my dear friend Katy and my dear daughter Connie for support) and felt relieved afterwards. Yesterday, Friday, 9/9/16, I went to an appointment where I saw three different doctors (one at a time), the oncologist, radiologist and surgeon. They all said similar things to what Paula had said, with more detail and their angle. I felt exhausted and overwhelmed at all the information and the slight discrepancies threw me off center. I'm feeling scared and vulnerable today. I can't make a surgery appointment until next Tuesday, 9/13. So I don't know yet when surgery will be. I appreciate all the sweet support I have received about this. I am so lucky to have so many caring people in my life.
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