Lauren Butler Lauren's updates

First post: Feb 4, 2020 Latest post: Feb 7, 2020
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Around Thanksgiving of 2019, I fould a lump in my right breast. I thought it was a cyst since it hurt and it could move around. I thought it would go away, but it didn't after a couple of weeks. I thought I should probably call my doctor to get it checked out, but I had my annual mammogram scheduled in early December, so I just waited for that. Well, I got phone call the day after the mammo that they wanted a closer look at an area in my right breast. Then, after the follow-up I was told that it was "most likely benign" but a biopsy was recommended. So, after a bunch of headaches in scheduling a biopsy, it finally happened the Friday before Christmas. Then, the waiting. The dreaded phone call came on December 30, Jonah's and Mady's birthday. I was sick in bed, and told that I had Ductal Carcinima in Situ (DCIS), which is stage 0 breast cancer.  The best news you could get when you're told you have cancer, but still cancer. Then, more appointments. An MRI, meeting with the surgeon, the geneticist (negative for mutations, yay!) , the plastic surgeon. The tumor is large and there are other areas of concern all over, so mastectomy was the most reasonable choice. After a lot of gathering of information, talking with people, and soul-searching, I've decided to undergo a bi-lateral mastectomy.  Reconstructions with expanders (later to be exchanged with implants) will happen immediately following the mastectomy. 

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