My mantra ~~

Mary E Fetterly

First post: 5/10/2017 Latest post: 7/17/2017
Welcome to the CaringBridge website. I'm using this site for friends and colleagues to keep updated on my journey.
I appreciate your support, prayers  and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. It is truly heartfelt!

I was first diagnosed with inflammatory Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) in my right breast in 2003. It was caught in the early stage. Had 
successful surgery and markers implanted. I was on Tamoxifen for two years. I had another reoccurrence in 2008 in my right breast again. 
Was on Tamoxifen for nine months. I had been in remission for eight years.

In my routine mammogram this past November, readings came back positive but now on my left breast. Had a needle biopsy in December to confirm the diagnosis (of DCIS).  I was devastated and blindsided by this diagnosis as there is no history of breast cancer in my family. I really hoped I was through with this!  We all have some cross to bear in our lives and for me, this cross doesn't seem lighten or go away! 
My work life, my exercise life and my social life, is on pause for a little while. 

So, ladies,  keep up-to-date with your mammograms, it may save your life!

Had successful surgery in February with markers implanted. I can't thank Nichole enough for being with  me for the day. She is a very loving and caring friend. 

I have now recovered from surgery. I will be doing radiation and chemo for five weeks. The sixth week, I  transition into cancer prevention medication only. I'm doing a new hormone therapy cancer prevention treatment through Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) near Lake Union in Seattle. I have a caring oncology team. They are awesome!  The new medication, at least  for me, is exemestane. For menopausal women, I'm advised this is best and better outcome than Tamoxifen. The treatment of breast cancer has come along way since 2008. The landscape for treatment is much more cell targeted, and hormone-based therapy for cancer prevention. There are a variety of individual options available for folks who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

My doc wants me to be on exemestane for five years, I'm hoping for two.

Have to share this piece of many experiences in this journey: Marina gave me the most beautiful blankey with warm color combinations of pink,  red and really soft. I brought this blankey to SCCA and asked the oncology Dr and technicians if they could put this blankey on my back to keep me warm as they they did the needle biopsy procedure.  They said Sure! and said it was a great idea. I was fashionable that day, thanks to my Angel Marina! Now the battle for my blankey is with Tux, my crazy furball, who thinks the blankey is for him.

It's been surreal so far. I picked up my meds this past week. On my kitchen counter, I'm looking at this bottle of exemastane with itty bitty tablets, negotiating a deal with these tablets not to make me so sick and that I really want to keep my hair. 

I've just started exemastane and I can already see changes. My face is looking swollen and my feet are aching. 

I'm a tough cookie, a Leo and tenacious like my Mama. I'm going to kick these bad boys butts!!

In the Gallery of photos on this site, tap the photo to read the caption.

Radiation starts on Saturday and so my journey begins........

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