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10/23/2017 Latest post:
Hello friends and family! I have decided this will be the easiest way to post updates for those that are wondering. First, it sure has been a whirlwind of a time. I was diagnosed with triple-negative, invasive ductile carcinoma breast cancer which means it is an aggressive cancer and it not responsive to hormone therapies. With that being said though it is the most responsive to chemotherapy. I have had many appointments and have many more at Mayo in Rochester. My team is fabulous and I have complete trust and faith in them! We have decided that chemotherapy will take place first to shrink my tumors and catch any wandering cancer cells before we move to surgery. Right now, the plan consists of using two types of chemo along with a trial medication that is an amino-therapy. The first round of chemo will likely start Thursday Oct. 26th and happen once a week for 12 weeks. After the first 12 weeks I will be doing a second round of chemo every 3 weeks for 4 times so a total of another 12 weeks. I hopefully will be able to work for the first 12 weeks with taking off a day for chemo and maybe a day to recover, but most likely will not be able to work the second round due to working with children that love to spread germs and sickness. :( Once I am done with the second round of chemo I will have a four week rest period before we do surgery which will most-likely take place in the summer so thank goodness I have a job that has summers off. :) Currently, I am waiting on a genetics test to determine the exact surgery I will need, but I am most-likely going to be doing a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I am feeling great and ready to kick some ass.