If you’ve found this blog because you, too, have been diagnosed with cancer, and you feel like your whole world is crumbling and your head is spinning around 360 degrees like the Exorcist and you just want to know you’re not alone, then this page may be of interest to you.
I found the lump myself, a few weeks before my 25th birthday. I went to the gynecologist, who told me it was a cyst and not to worry, but to come back if it didn’t disappear in a few months. Four months on, it was still hanging out. That’s when I got the ultrasound, the biopsy, and the worst phone call EVER.
Some facts for the medically-inclined:
- Invasive ductal carcinoma with lobular features
- 1.4cm tumor, left breast
- Grade 2
- 0/1 nodes
As for what I’m going to do about it:
- Double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on 1/11/13
- Genetic testing completed; BRCA 1 & 2 negative
- 6 cycles of chemotherapy (TCH regimen), 2/26/13 – 6/11/13
- One year of intravenous monoclonal antibody treatment (Herceptin)
- Five years of hormone therapy (Tamoxifen)