Kimberly Blakeman

First post: 9/7/2016 Latest post: 12/9/2016
On July 18th, Kim felt pain and a lump under her right arm.  Jon took her to urgent care where she was treated with antibiotics and advised to get a mammogram.  The mammogram didn't show anything abnormal but the doctor ordered an ultrasound which showed 2 lumps. At that point, Kim was told that she had enlarged lymph nodes but the cause was unknown. Surgery was scheduled to remove the lymph nodes so they could be biopsied.  On August 19th, Kim went in for the surgery to remove the enlarged lymph nodes. After the surgery the doctor informed Kim that he had taken out a lymph node but had also removed a tumor. On August 24th Kim was informed that the biopsied lymph node and tumor both contained breast cancer. Since the day of diagnosis, Kim has gone through a whirlwind of emotions, tests, scans and informational doctor appointments. We now know she has invasive poorly differntiated ductal carcinoma and are told it's triple negative and stage 2-3 at this point. The doctors plan to attack this cancer aggressively with chemotherapy, then remove remaining cancer from her breast tissue under her right arm, followed by radiation. 

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