Well it all came as a shock, what turned out to be a harmless question I brought up to my PC, lead to a routine mammogram followed by a suspicious image, referred to further imaging with ultrasound, to finding a small mass, which led to a biopsy, which led to a diagnosis of triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast. This sight is to help those of you who live near and far get information on what is going on without delay. It is a daunting task to tell everyone that you have cancer so I am sorry if you had to hear this way or I had someone else act as the Messenger. Triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma is an aggressive cancer that is hard to treat and is going to take significant time for me to battle I am possibly looking at starting with chemotherapy. Definitely I will be having a bilateral mastectomy followed by several months of chemotherapy treatment and radiation to ending with a reconstructive surgery, the road will be long it’ll be hard and will be impacting to our family. On the plus side we believe we caught it early enough, there is no lymph node involvement as of yet that we can see on MRI, and at this point in time there’s a 90% success rate. The last MRI did show a large area of concern 8cm that surrounds the small 1cm mass that we found on the mammogram, this area is troubling to my surgeon as she suspects it is ductal carcinoma in situ, on Jan 15th I will be going for another MRI with biopsy to sample this area. If it is found to be cancerous I must start with chemo 1st to shrink the area so the surgeon can have enough skin to save with good margins. If it is pre-cancerous or just dense tissue we can start with the bilateral mastectomy, praying it is the later, but chances are slim. I will continue to post once we know more info, I was told to expect to fight my battle for the remainder of the year as this will be a marathon and not a sprint.
Thank you in advance for your prayers, blessings and help. Much Love Rebecca and the Zentner Crew!