Not Where I Wanted To Be, But Here I Am
I posted a thread in the "Just Diagnosed" section, but I feel it is time to move to the IBC forum.
I'm sure all of you diagnosed with IBC have had the same feelings I'm experiencing today. So far I'm diagnosed with IDC with a lymph node involvement, but have been assigned to the IBC "team" at MD Anderson in Houston. To say that I am filled with dread and anxiety is putting it mildly.
I noticed a pink "bruise" on top of my right breast before Christmas and didn't think much about it... until it didn't change color or go away after a week or so and the breast was slightly swollen. Of course I began googling, scared myself out of my wits, and was able to see my PCP on December 28. She ordered a diagnostic mammo and sonogram so I decided to schedule those at MD Anderson's Undiagnosed Breast Clinic since I live 25 miles from their facility.
Last Tuesday (has it only been 3 days??) I was given a diagnostic mammogram, sonogram, needle biopsy of lymph node, and core biopsy of a breast lump with those marker clips. Then the world turned on it's side as the first result was cancer in the lymph node. Next result; Invasive ductile carcinoma in my breast. Scariest of all was the immediate assignment to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer center, even before the MRI and skin punch biopsy.
My MRI and skin punch biopsy are scheduled for next Tuesday, January 19. Then I meet with my "team" in the IBC clinic at MD Anderson's Mays Breast Clinic on Wednesday, the 20th. So in less than a month everything in my life is different.
A month ago I was worrying about Christmas and Covid-19. Today my world is forever changed. If you have any words of comfort, please share them. For all you "Walking this Path No One Wanted to Walk" with IBC, please share your stories. How did you discover you had IBC? What stage are you in your treatment?
I want to know what I'm facing, and how I will ever get through this. Thanks for reading.