Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
On February 4, 2016, which was ironically 'world cancer day', I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma. This was after about 2 months of experiencing 3 bouts of what doctors and lactation consultants assumed was mastitis or a clogged milk duct and treated it as such. I had a cautionary ultrasound followed by biopsy in late January (due to my amazing GP whom I love) and received the diagnosis one day before Maëlle turned 6 months old. Fast forward 2 exhausting weeks full of mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds and more biopsies, ct scans and bone scans, physician appointments, and a week to wean my baby from nursing 😂 and I was officially labelled as having "aggressive and locally advanced stage 3 breast cancer". This was very good news, as it means there are no sings that the cancer has spread to any organs beyond my breast and axillary lymph nodes at this point in time. 2 weeks plus a day following my diagnosis, I was sitting in a chair at the BC Cancer Agency for my first round of chemotherapy. Yesterday, exactly one month after diagnosis I had a full 12 hour day in hospital where I had my port-a-cath inserted then another round of chemo in the afternoon. Today, my hair is falling out in chunks and I am having it all shaved off in exactly one hour.
Thanks for all the interest and love - this site will likely not be super entertaining or clever, because I just don't have the time or energy to try to be creative... But I'll try to keep it as informative as possible to keep everyone up to date on my treatment and experiences through all this! Xox Lise