A regular mammogram in March turned into a whirlwind of appointments - another mammogram, an ultrasound, a biopsy and an MRI. It all landed on a diagnosis of lobular and ductal cancer in my left breast.
We were quickly helped to build a medical team to educate us and give us the options we have in treatment. The “we” in this is my family...I am blessed with a great one, and we tackle all of life’s challenges together. They have been part of every appointment but ultimately the surgical decisions were mine, and I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction....knock it out now, reduce risk of reoccurrence, rebuild.
There are 2 separate cancerous masses, and another non cancerous mass, not clustered tightly together. It doesn’t appear to be in the lymph nodes, but we are not sure if the cells between the spread out masses have cancer or not. For this reason, we don’t what stage yet...this will be confirmed after the surgery. Could be a 1, could be a 3. Will depend on what those cells between the masses turn out to be.
I have felt very supported since diagnosis by friends, family and colleagues and meant to set this page up to communicate updates after surgery. I didn’t quite get that done but know that I wasn’t great at replying to all texts, so wanted to get this going now, before any of the next big checklist items on the road to recovery. Thanks to everyone who has reached out....means a lot to have so many people sending good vibes!