In December, I was diagnosed with Invasive Moderately Differentiated Ductal Carcinoma. That is fancy for it's (freaking) cancer. There is no family history of breast cancer and I wasn't experiencing any concerns. I went in for my first "welcome to 40" (3D) mammogram. They reassured me that it's normal to get called back, and "no news is good news." I wasn't surprised by their call the next day due to pain I started experiencing following the mammo especially on the right side. I had both an ultrasound and biopsy. I have also had genetic testing, and an MRI. The MRI revealed a larger tumor (3.5 - 4cm) than what was estimated from the ultrasound. I will begin chemo on January 3rd. I am blessed by all of you that love & care - near and far. And I thought it might be helpful to create a CaringBridge website. I hope to use this to keep family and friends updated in one place, but I don't want this to be a substitute for connecting. We cherish hearing from you, and believe words of hope and encouragement are part of the healing process!