Carly’s Story

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Carly's Story

My mother is a breast cancer survivor so I have always been an advocate for early screening. I had my first baseline mammogram at the age of 38 and at 41 through my self exams, I found my first lump. Thankfully this lump was benign but since that, I have been going for regular screenings every six months for ultrasounds or mammograms. Through a routine ultrasound exam in mid-September, the doctors found a suspicious spot. It was deep in my tissue and not something easily detected, but luckily the ultrasound caught it early and I had it biopsied. 
On September 21, 2020 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was shocking and unexpected. I consider myself an active, healthy, 45-year-old wife and working mother. The days and weeks following were difficult as I was trying to process the news and absorb all of the information the doctors were sharing, along with the numerous secondary tests, consults and hospital visits.  I also have been struggling with acceptance that this is really happening to me.....
Luckily, the prognosis is good!  I have invasive ductal carcinoma and the tumor is 8 mm. It is grade one, stage one cancer and my hormone receptors are all positive, which is a great sign for follow up treatment. After much research, advice and consultations, I have decided to have a double mastectomy on November 4th. The recovery will be intense, 6 weeks for this first surgery and I will be out of work until the beginning of the new year. At the time of surgery, they will be testing to see if the cancer has spread and at that time will determine what follow up treatment (such as chemo or radiation) may be needed.
I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my coworkers and my community that have been by my side to offer thoughts, prayers and support during this time. It takes a village! And, I am beyond thankful how large and strong my village is. It extends across the country and through relationships from different times in life and I know it is there for me to help carry me through these next few months ahead. Between my village and my faith in the Lord, I will beat this!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Carly Williams

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great holiday break and some quiet time to spend with family and friends. With Tom changing jobs, we were lucky enough to have lots of uninterrupted time together through the holiday break… And visit with both of our families and friends to ring in the new year. 

Now it’s the first week of January… back to work and back to school. Most people are foggy from the holiday shut down but I am really foggy from my two month leave.  I am enjoying being back at work, getting caught up from what I missed and reconnecting with all my PwC friends. Tom is overwhelmed with a new job… New acronyms, new people, new structure and figuring it all out virtually. And the kids are finally back in school!  Morgan in person and Luke hybrid, virtual 3 days and in person 2 days a week. We’re thankful to be back in a routine! 

On the health front, this week was filled with good reports… two important appointments one with my surgeon and one with the oncologist. The surgeon is so impressed with how I am healing and feeling!  We are ready to move forward with reconstruction and surgery whenever I am. We scheduled the second surgery which will be the final major piece on February 17. It will be outpatient surgery and about a two week recovery. I’m excited to have that on the calendar and be able to finalize surgery and move forward from all of this!  The oncologist appointment was also great - I got another round of shots and luckily not many side effects so feeling good with the treatment plan. 

I again want to say thank you. I feel like the words sound so small but I am beyond appreciative of the support and love we’ve had around us throughout this journey. From the meals, to the cards, to the gift, to the text, to the visits… All of it has been truly appreciated and has helped me get through a really hard chapter. Thank you for the care, concern and friendship. I am truly blessed and thankful for my village. 

Happy 2021!

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