This is the before picture - before chemo - before hair loss...  Love this picture - it was a windy day!

Saja Montague

First post: Mar 23, 2011 Latest post: Nov 9, 2011
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Odd story this one. 

In late February, I had a very vivid, very specific dream that I had breast cancer.  So vivid, in fact, that, the next day, I found a breast clinic here in Memphis (Mroz-Baier) and scheduled an appointment for a mammogram.  (This comes from the one who has avoided mammograms for ridiculous reasons for way too many years!)

The staff were so good.  They scheduled an appointment within days.  I did kind of lie, because I said I had found a lump  - I just wasn't so sure that stressing urgency as a result of a dream would've been as effective.  And could've labeled me as crazy before they met  me.

The clinic was absolutely wonderful!!!  The mammogram, ultra sound and biopsy were done within an hour and a half!  Then we scheduled the surgery for three weeks out.  It was so incredible not having to wait days for results.  And the staff was so caring & supportive.  Hearing that one has cancer is really rotten news, but I can't think of how the surgeon could have been better in delivering it.  This clinic knows what they're doing!

And surprise of all surprises, the cancer tumor was exactly where I dreamed it was. 

And even better news, I have the garden variety kind of cancer!  This is one case where I do not want to be special.  I want the kind that's been treated successfully for years.  And that's what I've got.  For those of you who want details, the cancer is HER2 negative and is highly responsive to hormone therapy.  Which means getting rid of the estrogen and progesterone in my system.  And there are drugs for that.  Yay drugs!

This has been a bit of a blow for our family, but everyone is handling it well & we are planning to not just get through the next year, but grow through it. 

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