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In October 2016, I noticed a small lump in my left breast. I quickly saw my doctor, had diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, followed by biopsy. The biopsy results showed a small (Stage 1), invasive, intermediate grade, malignant tumor. I scheduled surgery as quickly as possible, and had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal on November 21. My prayers were answered when I learned that the lymph nodes were clear, and the tumor was removed with clear margins. With this news, it seemed that I would only need 4 weeks of radiation and an estrogen-blocking medication as further treatment. But, one further genomic test, Oncotype DX, would give more information about the biology of the tumor. This test came back unexpectedly "high risk" for recurrence, leading to the need to undergo chemotherapy. My first chemo treatment was December 29, and I will have three more treatments, three weeks apart.
This is surely a hard road, and one that no one wants to experience, but I know that God is with me, giving me strength. His people and His Word have been a great comfort to me. I am confident that He has purpose in this for me, so I am doing my best to trust Him with my life.