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On December 5, 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer......
After seeing many strong women I know post about the importance of mammograms, I decided I needed to schedule one for myself as it had been three years since my last mammogram.
On November 29th and 30th, 2017 I had a mammogram as well as a breast ultrasound. These screenings showed microcalcifications and fine linear branching in my left breast highly suggestive of malignancy, which warranted a breast biopsy.
On December 5, 2017 following the breast biopsy I was diagnosed with invasive grade 3 of 3 carcinoma with mixed ductal and lobular features as well as focal high grade ductal carcinoma in situ.
In meeting with my doctors mid December, a chemotherapy plan was initiated and I was set to have a lymph node biopsy at the breast center. When I went to the breast center appointment the doctor reviewed my earlier scans and suggested I have additional body scanning done as he had concern of possible metastasis. His concern was also based upon my telling him of bone pain that I had been experiencing since last winter following two bouts of upper respiratory flu. I had been told I had costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone), however nothing I did could ever ease this pain.
On Tuesday, January 2, 2018 I had a CT scan. Those results showed extensive disease/spread to my bones. My oncologist was concerned that not only may I have breast cancer but in addition I may have multiple myeloma. We needed to rule this out as it would then be two very different treatment plans. I was next scheduled for a bone biopsy to confirm 100% what diseases I was dealing with.
On January 4th and 5th, 2018 I had MRI scans and my bone biopsy.
On January 5th, 2018 I was given my official diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer with metastasis to the bones.