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Apr 14, 2021 12:46PM
I think I usually just said something like "I've had some health problems lately. I noticed a lump in my breast, and I went to the doctor and they did some tests. I found out I have breast cancer, so I've been in treatment for that..."
After that I kind of let the other person take the lead. Some people wanted to know more about my treatment and what I had been going through, other people didn't really know what to say and the conversation kind of moved on.
I learned that people have a variety of reactions, and it's not always how I thought it would be. Best of luck!
Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later, probably due to needle seeding at inital biopsy. Now dealing with MBC.
8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
11/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
4/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right
4/1/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right
5/1/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
7/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)
7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane)
9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
1/2021, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs
1/15/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)