Once I thought I had enough problems. Then I was involved in a car accident (and I'm still waiting on the settlement years later), and thought I had enough problems. Brought a wonderful son into the world and had to try to balance this new life and my injuries, and thought I had enough problems. That changed once more with a diagnosis in September 2010. I had had a lump in my breast since that March, but it was mastitis, right? I had just stopped breast feeding my son, and it was so painful, must be something simple. Simple yes, what I expected, no. Ductal Carcinoma, breast cancer. 12 cm x 12 cm big. With my husband and 11 month old son in tow I started to learn what people go through after they're given a diagnosis they never wanted or expected.
Two surgeons visits and an oncologist visit later, I'm going to be starting six rounds of chemotherapy and most likely a mastectomy to follow.
I thankfully started a new supplement and it helped a lot. (Did you know you cannot say if a supplement actually helped prevent or cure anything because of the FDA? If they just discovered that vitamin C cured scurvy now it would be illegal to say it out loud because of their ruling. Makes sense, eh?) So all I'm going to say is that I went through chemo with lots of energy, ate normally, and somehow my tumour shrank really really rapidly, maybe it was something different and new that I was taking, maybe it wasn't.
After the last chemo I met up with my surgeon and discussed what happened next. The tumour was on 4x3x2 cm big in the scans but I opted for mastectomy. Off with her breast!! That was scheduled for mid February 2011.
More visits to various doctors...
Now I'm told I need radiation... The tumour is removed, no signs of cancer other than it, the lymphnodes were all clean, but lets see how much we can beat this! (Me = Dead Horse, Cancer treatments now = Beating) Yup. How much radiation? One week? Two? Nope, sign me up for 25 treatments, so that's visiting the hospital everyday for 5 weeks, oh joy!
I've one more week of radiation.
Well there's more to say, but that's a nutshell. More to come from the Uniboob! ;)