We are hoping that this site can be a way for us to keep family friends both near and far updated on our journey.
On Monday, May 22nd all I could think is "here we go again". Invasive ductal carcinoma... How is this possible? Admittedly, I never thought after electing a double mastectomy with the first breast cancer diagnosis 3 years ago that we'd be here today. And I am almost exactly THIRTY years from my Hodgkins diagnosis. Yet, here we go again... Third times a charm? Laughter is the best medicine? I'm hoping both are true
Monday morning (5/22) is when we learned that the breast cancer was back, it was in my lymphnodes on the right side. I had an ultrasound and needle biopsy of my right armpit area the prior Thursday. We had a PET scan on Tuesday (to see if the cancer had spread beyond the lymph nodes). Then on Thursday we met with my oncologist to go over what we knew at this point. We learned that it is Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma that is both estrogen & progesterone positive, her2 negative. The cancer is contained to the one area of lymph nodes, affecting a few on that side, the largest just over 2 cm.
We are still finalizing the fine details of my treatment plan. The big picture will include chemotherapy (4-6 sessions each 3 weeks apart). We will put in a port to make administering the chemo easier). A month or so after chemo ends we will have surgery. The surgeon is recommending a full resection of all the lymph nodes on the right side. We will follow that with some Physical Therapy (help with range of motion due to the surgical site & also hopefully reduce the risks of lymphodemia). Following surgery he thinks radiation would be a good idea, but we need to still evaluate the amount of radiation I received during earlier treatments to see if that's an option.
If you are learning about our new adventure through this site, please do not take offense. We would have loved to share with all of you personally, but that task was both daunting and emotional. Please know we care about you all so much. The outpouring of love, prayers & support from many of you are so very much appreciated.
We are lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful family & friends. Thank you!