At age 37 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma in the right breast. Imaging (mammogram and ultrasound) showed what appeared to be a 1.5 cm mass. I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy followed with immediate reconstruction due to a strong family history of breast cancer in my family. After the mastectomy I found out that I actually had a 2.4 cm tumor, a 2.2 cm tumor, a third small area, and cancer cells in one lymph node. I was staged at IIB breast cancer.
I was scared!! I had a port placed three weeks after my mastectomy and started chemo on October 4, 2012. I had four dose dense treatments of AC followed by 12 weekly doses of Taxol. I had my final surgery to remove the tissue ex-panders and place my permanent implants on May 6th (eight months after mastectomy), and they also removed my port at the same time.
I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive husband of 21 years who took care of me throughout this journey. He was by my side at every single doctor appointment, every chemo, surgery, and by my side at home. He was and is my rock. I am enjoying each day that I have been blessed with to be with my husband and our children (ages 17 and 15).
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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.