May 29, 2017 Latest post:
Oct 27, 2017
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Hello Friends and Family,
On May 4, 2017, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative IDC Breast Cancer. I feel very lucky to have found the lump. My friend, Jamie, shared that she was going in for a mammogram. I checked myself later that evening. Wow! There it was, on the right side. (You can tell the difference from everything else.) No, not me! No way! I breast fed for a year and was on birth control for many years. I just couldn't believe it! It took a couple of days to decide to call the doctor. The next week turned into a blur of doctor appointments, a biopsy, ultra sounds, a 3D mammogram, MRI, blood work, and a visit to the oncologist! How do you wrap your head around all of that information? I learned that in 2016, 1 in 8 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013, it was 1 in 18 women. What is going on? Ladies, do your monthly home exams and go get your mammograms. Don't wait! Please!
The plan is 20 weeks of chemotherapy, followed by 4 weeks rest, then surgery. Radiation and more chemo could potentially follow down the road. My first treatment was Friday May 19th. One down. I will try to keep everyone posted as much as possible. Just know that I believe I'm in very good hands and can beat this. It's not going to be easy, but it can be done. I can't thank you all enough for the love and support you've shown. Thank you so much.
A meal sign up has been created - use the Ways to Help icon to access the information. The Task Planner has all of Tammy's chemo treatments on the calendar.