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1/22/2017 Latest post:
Dear family and friends, As with other Caringbridge sites, this is a way to stay informed about my journey past breast cancer. Yes, I said those works……Breast Cancer. Frightening! I am not adept at sharing personal information and fears with others, as I grew up during the ‘never let them see you sweat’ era. I will do my best to break out of that so I can share my new reality with those who love me. Please share with others as you feel appropriate – this ride is a reality and doesn’t need to hide in the shadows. If you have a question – ask, don’t be shy.
So here are the facts: On January 18, 2017, I was diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, grade 2, estrogen and progesterone positive. We are still waiting on a test result called HER2 BRCA1 and BRCA2.
According to the Surgeon –who we met with on January 19th, the tumor is relatively large and sits against muscle in my chest wall. The initial care plan is: Surgery, Radiation, Hormone Therapy and Chemo. It is expected this will take 3 – 6 months to complete. As with any good plan, this may have to be adjusted based on pending test results as well as the findings in from Surgery – especially related to the lymph nodes.
This whole process will really start for me in February as my Surgery is scheduled for Feb 21, 2107. Between now and then I will be meeting with a Nutritionist, Genetic Counselor, and doctors from both Radiology Oncology and Medical Oncology.
My ask of you: Of the few who I have already told – they are holding me up with prayers and hugs (both in person and virtually). Everyone has reminded me that I am strong and will get through this! You too can support me by visiting this page and sending me hugs and prayers.
This doesn’t just affect me as my husband Steve and my daughter Heather are attending doctor appointments with me. They too – along with Heather’s family (Levi, Preston, Meleah, Brock) will need your love and support too as they help me navigate and cope.