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breast cancer was next

Where have I been all this time?

November 5th I had a follow up CT scan and between April and November, I developed breast cancer. There was a quick response in the medical community to this development. The next Monday I had a mammogram, an ultrasound and a biopsy all in one day. By Wednesday I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The next Monday I met with the surgeon. Then on Tuesday I had a MRI and met with the medical oncologist and then on Thursday I met with the radiology oncologist. Busy!

November 25th I had surgery. I had a lumpectomy to be followed by radiation(statistically same results as a mastectomy).  A sentinel node biopsy had no additional cancer cells. However, up to 30% of those with negative nodes already have micro metastasis. My cancer biomarkers:  estrogen positive, progesterone negative, Her-2/neu negative.  Next is the oncotype breast test. It took a month for them to finally tell me my cancer samples were damaged and they were unable to perform the test.

Next stop radiation. I have had 11 treatments so far.

During this time I have been totally fatigued, discouraged and worried about what happens next. This last week I have decided to drop the worries, REST, REST, REST! It works. I journal in the morning, go to tai chi class, rest, travel to MD Anderson for my treatment, get zapped. go home and rest. I feel better and I am starting to have a little energy to do more. I am here, finally.

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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.


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