Sharon McMakin

First post: Dec 24, 2022 Latest post: May 5, 2024
Never thought I would be doing this but feel it’s the best way to get the word out and keep everyone updated. Hopefully I can figure out this Caringbridge site and make it easy for everyone to stay informed.

After a routine mammogram in November which led to a follow up and a biopsy on December 6, I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma that is HER2 positive. Breast cancer. Found out on Friday December 9 as I was wrapping Christmas presents and on the phone with Brad. We were numb. He immediately wanted to fly home and I told him to hang tight. It was a Friday night. I was sure I would learn more after the weekend and we would make a decision on Monday.

Monday morning before 8 am I was assigned a nurse navigator and my entire world started spinning out of control. My nurse navigator explained that the invasive part of my cancer meant that the cancer cells have started to leave the mass and are invading my breast tissue. The HER2 part means it’s an aggressive form of cancer. We aren’t wasting any time. She asks me what my life looks like from now (December 12) until the end of the year. She immediately schedules me for an MRI and genetic testing the next day—my birthday. She also set up an appointment with a breast surgeon and oncologist for a week later, December 20. Nothing I can do between December 13 and the 20 so she tells me to take my birthday Vegas trip because when I get back we are gonna hit the ground running!! Brad came back from Vegas to go to the appointments with me and is going to be here indefinitely.

Met with the breast surgeon and oncologist on December 20 and I’m super happy with my team. They are both confident that we caught this early and is treatable. Praise God! As far as cancer goes, we heard some good news at this appointment. They are two of the best and we are making a plan for surgery. The next step is to meet the plastic surgeon as they all work as a team and all need to be present at the first surgery. The plastics appointment was originally scheduled for December 29 but I was able to get it moved to Thursday December 22–the day the snow/ice storm was to hit. Nothing was going to stop me from going to this appointment!! Met the plastic surgeon and am ready to move forward.

So…here we are. Waiting now for all the doctors schedules to align so that I can have my surgery. (We think it’s going to be mid-January.) Here is what I know: double mastectomy (even though cancer is only in one side, they are both coming off! I won’t know if chemo is in my future until after the final pathology comes back after surgery. I don’t have a stage assigned until after surgery when pathology comes back. So far in all the initial tests, it seems my lymph nodes are good. Keep praying God puts a shield around them to protect them! I’m facing a minimum of 3 surgeries. And now it’s Christmas and I have to patiently wait for everyone to enjoy their holidays before I learn more. I believe a surgery date has been set but I won’t learn the date until December 27 or 28 when my medical team is back to work. God is teaching me patience…y’all know I’m a control freak and my world is spinning out of control. So that’s my story so far. I’m not sure I can promise that I will always keep everyone updated, but I’m gonna try. This seemed the easiest way to get the word out. They tell me I have an aggressive (but treatable) cancer. And if y’all know me, I’m aggressive too and I’m ready to fight! I know I have a rough road ahead. I may have been blindsided by this, but God wasn’t and was already paving the way. He is going to be right along side me every step of the way! I trust in Him. Please join me in praying for my medical team, Brad and the kids and for me. I’ll try to update this once I know more. Thanks y’all! 💕

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