I went for my first mammogram in July 2010, and surprise, I needed a diagnostic mammogram, which they did right then and there. The diagnostic mammogram showed a sizable mass, but it couldn’t be felt. The radiologist had time and did an ultrasound guided biopsy. My husband had been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in fall of 2009, so I really didn’t believe I would have cancer too. Could life really be so cruel?
In August, I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma and lobular carcinoma in situ. In September, I had a partial mastectomy. They removed a 4 cm mass and 9 lymph nodes. The cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes, yay! I had a second surgery in October to get clean margins. I started chemo at the end of October, and my husband passed away a week before my second chemo treatment. I finished chemo on New Year’s Eve and had 32 targeted radiation treatments. I have been receiving adjunct therapy since January 2011 and will be done with this in January 2016.
I’ve had a wonderful support system, including my extended family, co-workers and my four adult children. I couldn’t have made it without them. Dealing with and fighting cancer is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I did it! I won.
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.