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Traci’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesOn March 18, 2014, I went in for my yearly mammogram. There was a suspicious area and they immediately did an ultrasound, which showed the same. Then they scheduled me for a needle biopsy. This happened on March 28, 2014. The results of this biopsy came back “benign.” My surgeon, who is also an ex-co-worker and very dear friend, did not like those results because they did not match with what was seen and felt on the exam.

My surgeon decided that he wanted to do an incisional biopsy (April 3) and we found those results were a little different.  On April 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm my surgeon called me and gave me the news. I have cancer. Just like what I have read in many other testimonials after he said those words everything just kind of stopped. Everything else that he said after that was pretty much a big blur.

I had my first appointment with my oncologist on April 22. He wanted more ultrasound images of the other breast and the lymph node area, this was done on April 24. These results came back as “negative.” This is a good thing. That means that they were negative for cancerous cells. I went back to see my oncologist on April 29 and he started me on Zoladex injections and Tamoxifen pills. 

At this point, my husband and I have already dealt with a bunch in a very short time. My oncologist was giving me options on what I wanted to do for treatment and in what order. We were not accustomed to being given “choices” when it came to medical care. Usually, if something is wrong with you and you go to the doctor, they tell you what is wrong with you and tell you what they are going to do for it. That was not the case. They were giving us options and choices.

I scheduled a meeting with my surgeon (May 13) for me and my husband to talk to him about my options. He scheduled me for a single mastectomy and lymph node dissection, which happened on May 21, 2014. They ended up removing three lymph nodes and put in a port for chemo. Through a decent amount of research on the internet and talking with family, I am deciding to not do chemo and/or radiation. I have chosen to do the ALL NATURAL /ORGANIC diet and exercise. I don’t want to fill my body with poison to try and keep the cancer out of my body. I would much rather drastically change the way I eat and exercise.

Before my diagnosis, my husband had started building me a greenhouse. The greenhouse is completed and now he is working on raised beds for the veggies and herbs so I don’t have to lean over to garden. He is the absolute best. I am very excited to start reaping the benefits of gardening on a much bigger scale than what I have done before. This will also help me eat ALL NATURAL /ORGANIC. 

I have my 1st post-op visit tomorrow (May 27) and will then tell my surgeon what my choice is for continued treatment.

Submitted 05/26/2014

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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  1. Lisa resendez

    I hope everything is going well for you. How are you feeling/ doing so far. I commend your strength and choice. I would love to follow your journey.

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