Kiki Dickinson (Noonan) #kikistrong

First post: Nov 20, 2016 Latest post: Jun 17, 2017
On October 18th, 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After doing my first ever self breast examine, I found a lump in my breast. I took the necessary steps to get it checked by my doctor, who recommended a mammogram/ultrasound just to be safe. From there, the doctors still wanted more information and did a biopsy. Four long days later, I received the news that it was breast cancer.

The next couple of days were a blur, but my family and I moved fast to set all the necessary doctor appointments needed to make sure I was getting all the help and support I needed. We learned that there are different types of breast cancer. I was diagnosed with a rarer form called Triple Negative. It is more aggressive, but that means it responds really well to chemo as opposed to other possible drugs.

My treatment plan is as follows:

4 rounds of chemo every other week.

2 week break

12 more rounds of chemo weekly

Total of 16 rounds

At the end of treatment, I will undergo a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. 

I have had many ups and downs since this has begun, but I am confident in my doctors and care team. I am staying positive. I know that I caught it early, we moved fast to begin treatment and now I am just focused on the future and getting better.

I want to thank my family and friends for being there to support me through this tough time that will hopefully be over soon!

Love you all and thanks for keeping me strong!

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