Back in April I had noticed a small lump in my left breast. I had put it out of my mind and never said anything about it. Finally just feeling uneasy about it and realizing it wasn’t going away I told Mike about it. He urged me to go and get it checked out. I made an appointment with my primary. She felt it and said she wasn’t worried and she thought it was a milk duct. But she wanted to schedule imaging to be sure. On May 21st I had my first mammogram. Actually first they did an ultrasound, then a mammogram and then another ultrasound. I knew that probably wasn’t normal. After that was done. The radiologist came in the room and said the imaging is showing what I most likely think to be breast cancer. Not only in my left breast but also my lymph node. I asked how certain he was and he said he was 90% sure. I had to then wait to have a biopsy. On May 24th I had a biopsy of 2 areas and had to wait over memorial weekend for results. Tuesday May 28th my doctor called me and told me the biopsy was indeed breast cancer. I then met with a team of doctors at the Centracare cancer center to go over my plan. My oncologist said I have an aggressive type. I have 2 masses in my breast and 1 in my lymph node that have been there for about a year. He wants to do 5 months of chemo to shrink them. Then surgery and radiation. I am also doing genetic testing to see what other cancers I could potentially susceptible to given my young age my cancer is inherited. We have had a family vacation planned to Myrtle Beach and my dr told me to go and enjoy it. On June 17 I get my port placed and on June 18 I start Chemotherapy.
It’s all been such a whirlwind that it’s hard to even grasp what is happening. Getting told the words “you can breast cancer” is truly an out of body experience. It is scary but I have so much to fight for that I am 100% confident everything will be just fine. I have an amazing support system. An amazing husband who has been so great and of course my 3 strong boys.