Welcome to my CaringBridge website. My family and I will use it to keep family and friends updated over the next couple of months. We appreciate your continued prayers and support
This past December I was called back after my first mammogram for further testing and biopsies of two suspicious spots. Thankfully those biopsies were benign, however the biopsies tested positive for Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS). Further scans and biopsies were conducted in January and the results showed that my LCIS is extensive and pleomorphic (considered a rare high-grade variant of invasive ductal carcinoma).
After meeting with doctors and with the loss of my maternal grandmother to breast cancer, I have decided that my best option for a healthy future is to have a double bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. During the surgery, doctors will also test my lymph nodes for cancer. If they test positive, I will have to undergo chemo and/or radiation, but hopefully this will not be the case.
I am truly blessed that my LCIS was found, because LCIS does not show up on mammograms (just MRIs). Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this process. It's pretty hard for me to sit still and I'm sure I will be reminded many times to rest.
Guys - encourage your wives and daughters to get their yearly mammograms. Also stop and take the time to visit your doctor as well for your yearly exams. I should have had my first-ever mammogram two years ago, but I wouldn't stop and make the time. Thankfully it wasn't too late for me and hopefully we caught this in a very early stage.
Well I have finally made it to the next phase in this journey. Tomorrow I will have reconstruction surgery at 8 a.m. at Piedmont in Athens. The surgery should last around 3 hours. Please say a prayer for me, my family and Dr Luigo in the morning.
Recovery should be much easier than the last time. I imagine the anesthesia fog will be the hardest (I still feel effects from the first surgery). My biggest challenge will be not picking up anything over 5 lbs for a while.
Thank you all for your support, prayers and kind words. I could not have done this without them or without my parents. I am so fortunate to have them close and a part of my life.
It’s hard to say I’m a survivor because I did not have to face months of chemo or radiation like so many brave ladies each day. I realize how fortunate I am and will always admire the strength and courage of women battling breast cancer.
Get checked, feel your boobs and encourage your moms, grand moms and daughters to stay on top of their health. My experience is the perfect example of how important it is.
My doctor sent me to a genetic counselor for testing last month even though I am likely negative for the BRCA gene. I have decided to test for my kids - peace of mind is worth a million dollars.