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10/8/2017 Latest post:
On September 28, 2017, Mindy was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma. In March her mammogram was clear. What looked like a skin rash led to discovery of a relatively small lump shortly before Hurricane Harvey. After doctor consultations, a mammogram, an ultrasound and surgery, Mindy learned that "rash" was actually cancer, "seeded" by the now-removed 1 cm malignant tumor (about the size of the end of your pinky). Subsequent scans have identified a questionable 1.7 cm lymph node. All other scans (of the brain, abdomen and bones) are clear.
In less than six months, Mindy, an avid yogi for nearly three years and very healthy eater, had gone from a clear mammogram to learning she has metastatic invasive (or infiltrating) ductal cell carcinoma.
The incoming information is at times overwhelming. Things are moving quickly. Questions about the full course of treatment abound. But two things are absolutely certain:
1) Mindy is strong and determined to do whatever it takes to kick cancer in the ass. 2) The love, support and encouragement from friends, family and co-workers have been incredible and appreciated beyond words.