Sarah Canovai #SarahStrong

First post: Nov 26, 2018 Latest post: Sep 21, 2019
I found a lump on my right side during a self examination. I mentioned it to my PCP and went for an ultrasound just to be safe. After my ultrasound I was advised to wait 6 months or I could have it biopsied. Choosing to get a biopsy is what has me here today. I was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma (IDC), triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) on September 21st, 2018. This is something that isn't on most people's radar, especially at 26 years of age. At the time I was 19 weeks pregnant with our first child, which we had just found out would be a boy. Before I knew it I had more doctor's appointments scheduled than I could have ever imagined possible. I was meeting with an oncology surgeon, reconstruction surgeon, genetic counselor, oncologist, and high risk OB all within two weeks. This team would quickly become the most important team I had ever been a part of.  I am so blessed with how quickly they all worked together to get me started with treatment as soon as possible. I had a single mastectomy on my right side and a permanent implant placed on October 8th, 2018. Two of three lymph nodes tested during surgery were positive for cancer. They then ended up removing 14 total. The cancer only ended up being in the two they had originally tested. After recovery from surgery, my treatment plan consists of, 4 rounds of AC (two medicine brands approved for pregnancy) chemo every three weeks, delivery around 37 weeks, 12 weekly TC chemo treatments, then 5-6 weeks of daily radiation. From day one I have tried to be as positive as possible (it's much more effortless than it sounds) and focused on fighting for my life and our son's life!

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