- I found a lump on October 19 and was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 24.
- Left breast, 2 o'clock, 2.2 cm mass - invasive carcinoma, your traditional breast cancer. One cancerous node which automatically tips you into the oh crap category
- Triple positive--estrogen, progesterone, & HER/neu
- A little aside story here. My brother, Brent came to my initial appointment with my surgeon who he had done part of his residency with at Abbott. As Dr. Anderson went through all these "positives" the diagnosis sounded increasingly more ominous. I think at one point I looked at my brother and said, "Am I completely screwed?" It was so great to have him there to assure me that, yes, it was bad, but what I had was very treatable and would play nicely with treatment.
On Friday I received word that I had been entered into the study and I didn't have to do radiation! Okay, I was happy and relieved. I had truly prepared myself for either outcome, but it was so good to get a pass on this. Now I can truly get on with my recovery and know that the worst is behind me. And I'm not one bit freaked out by not having radiation.
I've had the most amazing doctors, nurses and medical staff (well there was that one nurse in radiation...) during this whole process. I'm so grateful for their brilliance and their kindness. This has been a long road and I'm not quite done, but I'm definitely making my way down the easier side of the mountain.
PS. I've attached the photo of my first report from my oncologist, Dr. Bloom. He used to be a stand-up comedian in New York--need I say more. He even made cancer funny.