That's right! My eyes have been opened up and looking at life a little differently lately. I have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have already started the process of conquering it. First of all here is the journal I made this weekend to keep track of my appointments and feelings of dealing with Breast Cancer. I am very lucky because my cancer was found early. Thank God for yearly mammograms. There was no lump to feel by me or the dr. but the mammogram found it. I knew it had to be early as I had my last mammogram a year ago almost to the date. I will insert some of the email posts instead of writing everything out again. SO...I will also post some of my journey with Breast Cancer as I also keep up my passion for stamping. The front of my journal says it all. Abundance is...being positive. That is half of the journey to a successful recovery from anything whether it be medical , physical or emotional.
This is my adventure through the two mammograms and biopsy.
I had my yearly mammogram on January 17th which they sawsomething suspicious. I had a diagnostic mammogram on Feb. 6th. I thengot a certified letter from the hospital saying I needed a biopsy. Thatwas done on March 4th. On March 6th my dr. called and said it wasinvasive cancer. On March 7th the breast surgeon called me and had mecome to her office today to meet her for a consultation. I will behaving surgery on Monday March 17th.
Here is what the dr. had to say today when I met her. She was absolutely wonderful.
I am home from the appointment and I feel a lot better. First of allDr. Hernandez is so nice. I wish all doctors could be like her. Sheexplained everything to us in very good detail. It seems I haveinvasive cancer which means it is outside the ducts of the breast andinto the tissue. It is called Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC). It iscategorized as a T1 which means the cancer is 2 cm in diameter orsmaller. It is also qualified as Stage I cancer unless they find it inthe lymph nodes during surgery and then it will go to a Stage IIA. Iwill be having a lumpectomy to remove the cancer and some surroundinggood tissue. This is to make sure they get all the cancer in the area.They will also do a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy to see if cancer hasspread to the lymph nodes. They will check while I am in surgery and ifthe nodes look suspicious they will remove the ones that do. I willhave radiation afterwards. If everything works okay while in surgery Iwill have a balloon put in the breast area where the cancer was to doradiation straight to the cancer site. I will have to have 2 radiationtreatments a day for 5 days instead of once a day for 5 weeks. Noteveryone is a candidate for this but she thinks I will be a good one forit. The main thing to be able to have this is to have large breastswith the cancer centrally located. That is where I seem to be. I willhave the surgery on March 17th. I have to go and have an MRI Wednesdayas well as blood tests and an EKG. I will also see my primary care dr.on Friday to make sure all is okay there. The MRI is to make sure thereisn't any other spots that didn't show on the mammogram. She gave me abig hug at the end of the visit and told me not to worry because she wasgonna fix me up. She also gave Floyd a hug and told him not to worryabout me because she was going to take care of me.
Floyd is my DH and is in the picture here on my blog. He is a great guy and is standing beside me through all of this.
Please check back as I will still be posting my stamping stuff along with updates of the journey of Breast Cancer.