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Aug 20, 2011 06:54AM
Hi I'm another Micropapillary Australian girl over here.
I've got 3 boys, a 13 year old, an almost 5 year old and a 12 week old baby.
I found my lump in my last month of pregnancy, it was about 1.5cm when it first appeared right next to my nipple.
As I was pregnant at the time an my boobs were changing getting ready for the birth of my baby my midwife told me it was probably a blocked duct.
So after my milk went down about 4 weeks after the birth ( I didn't breastfeed) I noticed it was much much larger probbaly around 8cm.
I isited my local dr who put me on antibotics for mastitis, after a week it hadn't changed at all but it did start hurting. She sent me for an Ultrasound. The Ultrasound showed up as Mastitis, My Dr wasn't happy with that so she sent me for a mammogram. The Mammogram only showed up as a more dense breast and they also said Mastitis.
My DR wasn't happy with this and I ended up seeing a breast specialist who confirmed in under a week with a core biopsy that I had Micropapillary breast cancer which by that stage has now grown to 10cm taking up my entire breast.
I have also had two lymph nodes biopsied and they are postive too, I'm not sure how many more positive nodes I have yet but I'm sure there is more.
My CT and Bone scans were clear which was a huge relief and I know now that I will win this. battle no matter what.
I have to be here for my kids, there's no way I'm leaving them and I will fight no matter what/
I'm starting Chemotherapy on Monday morning to try to shrink the tumor before we do surgery, they are thinking maybe 3 or 4 cycles to start with. I just want to get started as my tumor is quite painful and is getting worse by the day.
I also can't wait to see this sucker shrink down to nothing, that would make me extremelty happy.
I'm definately feeling much more positive now than I was the first week I found out, that was the worst time ever, waiting for the other staging tests.
I don't care what statistics say, we will all beat this and make ourselves some new statistics!!
Screw those old ones, they SUCK :)
Micropapillary BC Her+ 2011
8/2/2011, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 8/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
3/4/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
3/4/2012 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
10/18/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
7/7/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/9/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant