Our new blended family

Lauren Fritsch Fisher

First post: Sep 17, 2019 Latest post: Aug 7, 2020
Lauren is my 38 year old daughter and I am starting this web site in order to provide information to all our family and friends who are interested in being our prayer warriors! There are so many of you who would like to know what is going on etc so I thought this would be the best way to keep everyone up to date with her journey.  Jason and Lauren got married on August 24th 2019 and thought their blended family would be like any other newlywed’s dreams. On August 31st the lump was felt for the very first time and of course it is Labor Day Weekend so had to wait until the following Tuesday to see her Doctor. They immediately ordered a diagnostic mammogram and Ultrasound. The Doctor told them that the lump was suspicious of a malignancy so therefore a biopsy was performed on Thursday. After waiting over the weekend to get the results we heard that she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma stage 2.  Our hearts were pounding and we were shocked but we immediately got in to see a surgeon that same day with the help of one of Lauren’s friends. He said Lauren would need Chemo for sure followed by a double mastectomy. All of this is because when someone develops breast cancer under the age of 40 she is in only 7% total of women who have breast cancer. It is also usually more aggressive and tends to reoccur to the other breast more so than older women.  Not what we expected to hear... but in usual Fritsch fashion tradition we quickly got the ball rolling and made an appointment with Dr. Cocs at Texas Oncology and we were able to get in on Thursday to have a consult with him. He was wonderful but also told us the same scenario of what was most likely to happen. Chemo first for the next 20 weeks and then will rest for 1 month and then will have double mastectomy and reconstruction.  So we have had Chemo education class and will have genetic education class tomorrow (Monday) and on Wednesday will have surgery to place the port and also do the sentinel node biopsies to make sure it has not spread into the lymph nodes and most likely start Chemo on Thursday or Friday. Whew !  What a whirlwind week!  I am sure that Jason her new husband of 1 week was in just as much shock as the rest of us and thinking this not what he was expecting as a honeymoon period! But he has been right beside her...Loving and supporting her along the way. This will be a long bumpy road but prognosis is very good and we are ready to kick cancer’s Butt! As a friend said ...Cancer picked the wrong person to mess with! With all of you beside us it will make the road a little less bumpy and we are so grateful that you want to share in this journey with us. Keep the prayers coming and know you are loved and appreciated.

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