Apr 1, 2019 12:18PM Rah2464 wrote:
Mom2bunky so sorry to hear you are joining all of us on this ride. The good news is you have taken the first necessary steps to get proper treatment. Good for you for doing your annual mammograms and I am glad you had quality care that followed up when a discrepancy was found. These first few days are the absolute most difficult because you don't know a treatment path as of yet. You should get a better idea during your meeting with the surgeon, along with a consult with an oncologist and/or plastic surgeon depending on what choices you may make regarding surgical treatment. I think the hardest thing for me was I felt I had to rush rush rush to make decisions and get the cancer cut out of me as quickly as possible. My doctors assured me we didn't have to do something in the next week and that was very hard for me personally to accept. Looking back, I realize they were giving sound guidance even though I felt things moved too slowly. Allow yourself the time to determine what type of treatment option works. Get a second opinion if you have concerns about what you are told. And remember, you won't make a wrong choice, just the choice that works best for you. You won't know the full extent of your pathology until after surgical excision and potential lymph node evaluation (you didn't mention if DCIS or IDC or other). So keep an open mind because what you think you are going to do may change.
I wish you the best, let us know how you are doing.