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Aug 26, 2020 10:30PM
Thank you, Lilly. When I found this lump, I made an appointment with my PCP. The whole COVID thing was just getting underway. She saw me and got me in for an ultrasound the next day. Since it looked suspicious, the radiologist ordered a core needle biopsy. When I had my video visit with my PCP, she told me it was cancer, and asked if I was surprised. I actually wasn't. I just had a feeling about this one.
The other interesting thing is that I've been having severe hip pain since September of last year. I finally got it checked, but the x-ray didn't show any fractures. Now, with this latest find, I had bone scans and a CT scan. The scans showed the mets to my spine, hip and femur (which explained the hip pain). I don't know if the bone mets are IDC or ILC. I only saw that mentioned in the biopsy of my armpit lump.
I'll have my next set of scans at the end of September. My MO said that if they scan too soon after beginning treatment, things may look worse because the cancer may look like it's flaring up when it first responds to the treatment.
What did help with the pain was palliative radiation. I had radiation to my hip, spine and femur. My ortho oncologist does not feel like my hip/femur are in danger of a pathological fracture, but we'll keep an eye on it.
Overall, I feel fine most of the time. Maybe a little more fatigued, and the pain is managed with Tylenol. I feel very blessed. I think this has been harder on my husband, my dad and my sister that it has been on me. I think they imagine me "suffering", which I'm really not. My husband and I love to laugh together and are determined to get through this with grace and humor. We've been married 32 years, and I'm so very thankful for him.
How's that for a long answer to a short question? :)
Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul.
11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
5/5/2020 External: Bone
5/12/2020 External: Bone
6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)