I guess it is time to record everything that has happened so far and to give you a heads up about what will happen in the next few weeks.
Several weeks ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, invasive ductal and aggressive. Treatable and probably curable. Not fatal! All from a routine mammogram. Yes, I have done the genetic testing!
My doctors are from UCLA and are part of the team who created the newest and now most widely used protocol for this type of breast cancer so I am in good hands.
The chemo port goes in on Monday, March 6 and chemo starts on Wednesday, March 8 ( unfortunately Rachel's birthday). My hair will fall out and I will be tired and nauseous.
I will have six rounds of chemo, every three weeks. When the chemo ends one of three things will be determined-the chemo wiped out the whole tumor so surgery is unnecessary ( not likely but possible), the chemo wiped out enough that I only have to have a lumpectomy or not enough was destroyed and I need a mastectomy.
Either the lumpectomy or the mastectomy will be followed by radiation.
This is all if the genetic testing is negative. If it is positive it will be a mastectomy, followed by radiation.
This whole protocol should take 10-12 months.
It should be a pretty lousy year but I'll survive!
I have lots of support in every area of my life. Best of all I have a terrific therapist!
My "kids" ( who are now grown women!) are ok-both trying to figure out this new reality. Ricky is my soulmate and will walk this path with me, finding every opportunity to make me laugh.
I'll keep you posted when there is something to share. Just know that I am "ok" and am taking it one hour at a time.