My awesome aunts and uncle: Aunt Charlotte, Aunt Gloria (my mom's sister's) and Uncle Jerry, sporting their pink  shirts from Florida!  Love It!!

Lisa Smigelski Lisa's Pink Journey

First post: Jan 3, 2017 Latest post: Dec 31, 2017
Hello Family and Friends! Welcome to my CaringBridge website.  I am using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

On November 28, 2016,  I discovered a lump in my left breast.  Within the 10 days that followed, I had seen my primary care Dr., got a mammogram and ultrasound, got a biopsy and got the results.  I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  It was also determined that I am triple negative.  This means there was no estrogen, progesterone or HER2 hormones detected.  They say this is a common type of breast cancer.  Unfortunately, with being triple negative ( which is not as common) the chances of it reoccurring is higher.  I have chosen Dr. Serephim Pallas as my Oncologist,   he is affiliated with Karmanos-McLaren here is Clarkston and came highly recommended.  The treatment plan is for me to have 4 sessions of Chemotherapy, one every two weeks, then 12 sessions, once a week for 12 weeks.  This will shrink the tumor so it can be removed,  and then I will have radiation.  So far, this is the plan.  

The t-shirt I am wearing in the picture is from my cousins  Mark and Dawn on Christmas Eve.  Not only did I get one, they also gifted my family members with one.  All 27 of us took a photo together with of our shirts on.  What an awesome way to start a journey like this.  To have so much love and support right out of the gate makes me feel very lucky, hopeful and blessed.

I will continue to stay strong and positive and take it one day at a time!!

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