I would love to see an active thread for those who are parenting or even grandparenting special needs children -of any age- while dealing with breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatments and after.
To start off, I am the mother of two special needs children, both of whom are on the autism spectrum and ADHD. When I was diagnosed, the oldest was 18 and the youngest was 12. My youngest also has had multiple serious health issues since birth, including surgeries, asthma and food allergies.
Since my diagnosis, I have had three surgeries while working full time and have had difficulty keeping up with my children's needs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, but it's still hard. No family close by.
I now need to refigure how I can balance my recovery and treatment with my children's needs.
Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. . .Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. . .Capsular Contracture 2/10/17. . .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free
10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/2/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/30/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
7/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
3/19/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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