Diagnosed this A.M. IDC
Amidst the strain and chaos of worrying about and protecting my family from COVID19, I received the dreaded call from my gynecologist this a.m., stating that I have "invasive ductal"....She was kind, I was in shock, cried heartily for a moment and then put on my big girl pants to schedule my first appointment with the breast surgeon she recommended. I had a series of phone calls to ensure mammogram, pathology records, etc would be forwarded, and I was all business for about an hour. In that interim, I called my 31 year old daughter with whom I had cut off my phone call when the doc called(Daughter suspected bad news when I did not resume our call shortly) I called my 29 year old son, accountant ready to be laid off tomorrow due to the virus, who had already heard from big sister, who bawled like a baby-he's Type 1 Diabetic so we are being so diligent about making sure he stays well...)
Anyway, I kind of decided that I would not research the h*ll out of this just yet as my appointment is next Tuesday. Btw, my biopsy was Tuesday, so turnaround with results was less than 48 hours. However, my precious and wonderful fiance and I had to travel 40 minutes today to get my radiology records for the upcoming appointment. We wear gloves, use ALL precautions, then dashed into a smallish Italian market to grab some groceries and get our buns home, and then I discovered this forum of amazing, resilient, kind, helpful and supportive women. Then my real hysteria set in.
My doctor kindly said that they would do a lumpectomy and that the surgeon would be able to provide other information. My suspect area is around 6mm, very small and low on right breast, so the mammogram discovered it, I did not. I guess I was feeling O KAY, and yes naive, like, Oh they"ll cut it out and all will be well. I made a phone call to an amazing friend, a retired oncology lab director, who assured me that all sounds much more positive than negative, given the size of the affected area, and the diagnosis. So again, I was sitting in my naivete.
When I started perusing the Just Diagnosed posts, it was a sudden gut punch to realize(yeah, I feel so DUMB) that MUCH more information will lead docs and me to a complete diagnosis and treatment plan for my sweet little booby.
Ugh-I am a mix of tears and "there there", with loving children(also 24, 16 and 14 at home full time now due to the corona outbreak) who are all reassuring mom that all will be ok. I am still hesitant to read incessantly right now, as the virus is also taking up big amounts of my headspace.
I am 56, have lived a mostly healthy lifestyle, too much sugar for sure. A 27ish year m difficult marriage led to a horrific divorce several years ago, but healing and peace have come, and I honestly am simply adjusting to the 'aging' process, raising kids still(I have five total, fiance has one) and trying to live my best life. You are all so encouraging, helpful and kind. I feel blessed to have found this group so very early on.
Any suggestions for supplements that you take religiously during this journey? I am currently taking extra C and zinc to enhance immunity towards COVID19 but please share any others you may take?
Thank you for being such a thoughtful and welcoming community to a scared, shocked, hoping for the best woman.