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9/20/2016 Latest post:
"So when's the last time you had a mammogram? About ten years ago."
And so began the journey. The mammogram showed a microscopic spot on the left breast. A biopsy confirmed the spot was cancerous. STAGE 0 - ok, not so bad. But then the eczema like patches on the breast revealed yet another type of cancer (Padgett's). And an MRI revealed yet more spots.
This started a series of meetings with a team of doctors - breast surgeon, oncologist and breast reconstruction. The course of action was plotted and a CT scan was ordered of the abdomen area to see if the tissue (AND FAT) could be used for reconstruction.
The results of the CT scan caught everyone by surprise - a mass in the abdomen and a spot on the liver. The ovarian cancer from 5 years ago was back. Enter the ovarian cancer doctor. Because the tumors were in different areas, he decided to go with chemo to reduce or get rid of the tumors rather than operate right away.
Chemo starts Monday, September 19th. The regime is 5 days the first week, then once a week for two weeks. Then repeat the 3 week regime. The once a week is supposed to be shorter, but having spent a lot of time in doctor's offices lately, shorter is subjective.
Thank you everybody for the thoughts, prayers, cards and emails. Sometimes prayers are answered in strange ways. Without the initial breast cancer diagnosis, the ovarian cancer would have gone undetected.
We are starting the website to keep folks up to date on treatment and progress. JB is the site host and he'll put up a calendar and post updates.