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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on July 25, 2017. I was completely blind-sided as my mammogram in October, 2016 was fine. I had two masses in my left breast, a cancerous lymph node & two more that were suspicious. I met with a surgical oncologist, a radiation oncologist, a plastic surgeon, and an oncologist. The doctors all met and discussed my case and brought back their recommendations. They drew blood for genetic testing and we started the waiting game. Once the genetics were back (I don’t have the genetic markers for breast cancer) the oncologist recommended surgery be the first step as he wanted to have the pathology report in order to determine my chemo treatment plan. I had a bilateral modified radical mastectomy on September 25th. The pathology report confirmed what we already knew, but found additional cancer within the left breast and in two of the 22 lymph nodes in my armpit.
Since surgery I have seen the oncologist and know what my chemo treatment will look like. I have also seen the PA in the surgeons office twice to have the drains removed.
I meet with the radiation oncologist this week to find out if I will need radiation. It is likely since the cancer had spread to the axillary lymph nodes.
I also get to have a port placed this week in preparation for chemo that starts on the 25th.