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Michelle D. Piano
10/18/2016 Latest post:
In late spring/early summer, I found a lump on my left breast. After seeing both my primary doctor and my GYN the agreement was made that a regular mammo was not going to be sufficient since nothing had shown up on them thus far. A special mammo and an ultra sound were ordered - both showed the lump that I found and an additional suspicious area. The next step was a biopsy and on Augus 19th I was formally diagnosed with breast cancer. 2 different kinds. DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) and IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma). I had several additional biopsies, including lymph node biopsies and an MRI to make sure they knew what we were dealing with. I gathered all my tests, got my first opinion and then second opinions - all doctors agreed on what needed to be done, so rather than trekking into NYC for all my appointments I chose to stay in NJ where I trusted the doctors just as much as I trusted the NYC doctors. I chose to have a double mastectomy with a diep flap reconstruction. The choice was a rather radical one, but it should mitigate a great deal of the occurrence risk - I would much rather do this now than ever have to do this again. My surgery was on October 18, 2016. Since then I have had one additional surgery to resolve some issues from the initial surgery (December 5, 2016) and while I am still in a decent amount of pain, i have no doubt that I will make it through this stronger than I have ever been. Everyone on my health team has been incredibly kind and I have no doubt all will be ok. Please check back here to find updates on my journey. Thank you all for your support. I couldn't do this without my friends and family by my side.