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Amy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Amy's Story (Breast Cancer)I had just turned 24 when I first noticed a lump. I was six months pregnant with my third daughter. I dismissed it as a swollen gland and so did my doctor. When I went into labor my husband told the on call doctor about my lump. The next day she scheduled an ultrasound. During the ultrasound they decided to do a biopsy and mammogram. The lump was 3 cm and came back as ductal and lobular invasive cancer stage 2. Since I had just given birth my doctors decided chemotherapy should be first. I went through 6 rounds of chemo. It took a toll on my body. I had three blood transfusions and was hospitalized for various infections.

On April 24, 2013, I had a bilateral mastectomy and chose to do reconstruction. I was sent home two days after the surgery. I had only been home one night when I went to the ER for a burning sensation in my arm. When I got there my pulse was in the 140s. I had a CT done and found a blood clot in my lung and arm. After a five day hospital stay I was sent home with daily injection of blood thinners.

I am still receiving treatment of herceptin every three weeks. I am so thankful the on call doctor didn’t ignore my husband’s concern. I have a great team of doctors who were very caring and included me in every decision that was made. It has been quite a journey but I made it through. I have been in remission for three months.

Amy
Illinois
Submitted 6-17-2013

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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3 comments

  1. God Bless You!

  2. I hope you are feeling better, stronger, each day and are getting to enjoy your precious little ones. Keep Kicking it!!!

  3. Suck it cancer!! Amy’s got this!! Way to go girlie, so proud that u stayed so strong thru all this!! U are loved!! 🙂

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