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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

I haven't blogged on here in a really long time. I think that it might be good for me to do this more often.

I did my yearly mammogram 5/16. I got the dreaded letter and phone call, hey let's take a better look at this. I went in for a bilateral diagnostic mammogram, which led right then and there to an ultra sound, which then the radiation DR came in and took over the ultra sound. I figured then that things were whonky.

She didn't like the results and wanted a biopsy - which was done 2 days later. Then the results a few days later from the biopsy - positive for cancer.

Luckily my cancer was caught very early - it would have taken 2 years before this tumor could have been felt with a self exam. Whatever on those cancer websites that are recommending doing mammograms every 2 years! emoticon

I had a partial mastectomy on 8/4 and then a resection on 8/11. 2 surgeries in 7 days, that was crazy hard. I had incision healing problems and with my body producing fluid to replace that flesh that had been removed. Finally my incision has healed, my oncotype testing came back low and I only have to do radiation therapy, no chemo!

This has been really condensed version of all I have gone through and I have been really lucky. Many people have had much worse journeys.

DH & I are leaving on vacation 10/15 to Jamaica - this has been scheduled for 6 months. Don't think that your life can't change in less than 6 months drastically. Luckily I had such an early detection and great tests results that I am able to start my radiation after we get back from vacation. This is for our 32nd wedding anniversary.

I know I will have side effects from the radiation therapy, but I am educating myself and preparing myself as best as I can.

I hope someone reads this and decides to do their mammogram!
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  • FRAN0426
    I agree, every 2 years is not enough for a mammogram. I have had one yearly for so long that I just would be lost without doing it yearly. So glad to hear they caught your breast cancer early so you don't have to do the chemo. Great job on educating yourself on the effects and what to expect with the radiation therapy.
    I hope you and your husband will have a wonderful vacation in Jamaica, and Happy 32nd Anniversary.
    1759 days ago
    I do mine religiously but thanks this year I have been putting it off. Have a wonderful time in Jamaica
    1759 days ago
    Saying a prayer for your continued health. So glad that you get a mammogram, sure it saved your life
    1759 days ago
    Blessings to you!
    1759 days ago
    Scary & tough times for you & it's good that you're sharing your story-more women may get their mammograms now....So glad it was caught early & that you're moving forward with educating yourself & facing life with a renewed purpose....enjoy your 32nd anniversary.... emoticon
    1759 days ago
    My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She has been cancer free for over ten years now. She did chemo and then radiation afterwards. Although she did get tired she did very well. My thoughts are with you! 💟
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    1759 days ago
    Yes Dear Leslie, I read this and remembered that I need to do my mammogram!I will make the appointment today. emoticon

    My Mom's story is similar to yours. Radiation with no chemo. 7 years now cancer free!

    Happy Anniversary to you and DH. Have a wonderful trip!

    Prayers for your continued healing.
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