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Apr 13, 2018 02:17AM
Apr 13, 2018 02:46AM
Hey everyone, I'm a newbie to the forum. The Canadian Cancer Society website doesn't offer much information, and most of the books I have read are at least 10 years out of date. I was delighted to find breastcancer.org with up-to-date info, and this forum, and the BC thread.
I'm a SAHM of 6, grandma to 8, Kindermusik and Simply Music Piano teacher, empty nester. Eighteen months ago we moved from Burns Lake (north central BC) to Courtenay on Vancouver Island to be closer to the kids and grandkids. I'll be 66 next Tuesday.
In mid-January I found a small lump in my right breast. A biopsy showed it to be malignant. On March 20 a surgeon performed a partial mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy. The lymph nodes were clear, but the cancer was "ductal in situ". Two days ago they took off the rest of the breast. Everything happened so fast, I am still processing it all.
I am trying to look on the bright side. The cancer is gone, and I don't need followup radiation. I can have reconstruction down the road, if I decide to take that path. I was able to have the surgery locally (diagnosis in Burns Lake would have meant long journeys to Terrace, Prince George, or Vancouver for treatment!) I will be around to watch my grandkids grow up. My husband still loves me, and my cat could care less as long as I feed her.
What is really preying on my mind is that I might have avoided this mess had I been more diligent about regular mammograms. "Ductal in situ" is a slow-growing cancer with no visible symptoms. It can be spotted in the early stages via mammogram, when it can be removed by a relatively noninvasive procedure. I had a baseline mammogram in 2012 when I turned 60 (on my doctor's insistence) but didn't bother after that. I was complacent because I believed that I was in the lowest risk bracket (6 pregnancies, nursed my babies 1 year or more, early menopause). I used to joke that my breasts were "too small to squish between glass plates".
Anyway, thanks for listening. It's good to be able to talk about it.
The wound is where the light enters you. - Rumi
2/2018, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER-
3/20/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
4/10/2018 Mastectomy: Right