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On August 4, 2018, I found a lump in my breast while we (Paul, my husband and Maggie, my step-daughter) were on vacation to celebrate his birthday at their favorite place, Disney World. After a mammogram and biopsy, on September 5, 2018, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma HER2+ breast cancer. On 9/17/18, my mom, Paul and me met with my surgeon, Dr. Guenther who advised I would need chemo, radiation and a lumpectomy. Dr. Guenther referred me to an oncologist, Dr. Darnell. A few days later on 9/20/18, we met with Dr. Darnell to decide on the best plan to treat my cancer. I will ultimately undergo 1 year of treatment requiring 6 rounds of chemo, once every 3 weeks, followed a month later by a lumpectomy, and then four weeks of radiation (5 minutes a day Monday-Friday), and the remainder of the year-long treatment with immunotherapy once every 3 weeks. Dr. Darnell agreed to delay my first chemo treatment until after we return from California to see my son, Brent marry the best gal ever, Jessica Morrison on 10/18/18. Dr. Darnell agreed to delay the chemo until 10/22/18 to avoid the effects the chemo will have on my body, including the loss of my hair while in California. On 9/26/18, I had an echocardiogram and blood drawn for genetic testing. BUT, the beautiful part of my story is that I will survive. Breast cancer is curable! Unfortunately, the treatment plan is brutal on the body and just part of the journey. And.......so the journey to treatment and ultimately surviving breast cancer begins.