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It was late September when I noticed an abnormality (a painful sore) in my left breast. I kept an eye on it for a week, but when it didn’t improve I made an appointment with my gynecologist. She put me on on antibiotic for 10 days in hopes it would clear up. I didn’t notice any changes, so I called my doctor and told her I needed to get a mammogram. She agreed. I did the mammogram in October followed by an ultrasound. They saw a 1 cm mass. I want to note that I get a mammogram every year and my December 2018 mammogram was normal. I was then referred to a breast specialist, she did a biopsy and called on Nov 6th to give me my breast cancer diagnosis. I have invasive ductal carcinoma and I am Her 2 positive. This is an aggressive cancer, but they have a treatment plan that gets good results. In late November, thanks to the help from some good friends (The Karpinskis and Conners) I was able to get into MD Anderson. I met with a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist, had a new mammogram and ultrasound. This ultrasound showed 10 cm of cancer in my left breast and one lymph node affected. I was then diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer. I underwent a bone scan and a CT scan to confirm the cancer hadn’t spread to any additional areas. With the encouragement and help of friends and family, my treatment will be coordinated with specialists in Austin and Houston. The current plan includes 6 rounds of Chemotherapy every 21 days, then a mastectomy (possibly a double, we are waiting on results of the genetic testing). After that I’ll receive radiation for 4-6 weeks, 5 days a week (luckily this will fall during the summer months). I’ll also continue to have some targeted therapy for the remainder of the year.
My port was put in on December 4th, I started chemo on December 11th and completed round 2 on December 30th. My remaining treatments are scheduled for January 20th, February 11th, March 3rd and March 24th.