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Apr 8, 2020 05:08PM
My name is Heather and I live in the mountains in Colorado. I'm 49 and in February I found a lump..or really my left breast just felt different and I noticed it in the shower. My mammogram was due in April but I didn't want to wait. So one diagnostic mammmo, ultrasound and biopsy later..on February 20 I found out I have breast cancer.
I'm so happy to find a place where people understand what that feels like. then the next several weeks of appointments, testing, scans, bloodwork....I was on the verge of tears daily which isn't like me. It's so hard... everyone tells you how you are bad ass and you will kick cancers ass but I just wanted to cry. I didn't feel very bad ass.
So I met with a breast surgeon and talked about options and that I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy. Then during the ultrasound exam she said “hmmmm" and spotted a lymph node that looked suspicious. She did a biopsy and a few days later found out it had cancer cells. We did genetic testing and I'm brca negative but have the PALB2 gene mutation which raises my risk for breast cancer significantly, and a slight risk for ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. So big game changer.
So after meeting with everyone from a genetics counselor, physical therapist, oncologist, radiological oncologist, etc. we have a plan. I got a port 3/30/20 and did my first chemo 4/1. Had my second today. I am doing AC T but due to the virus we are doing the 12 weeks of taxol first since it shouldn't knock my immune system down as much. Then 4 AC every two weeks. After that surgery. Then radiation but I want to chat more about the benefits of that when the time comes.
After my first chemo I felt a weight had been lifted. Now we have a plan and it's started. The waiting and not knowing was bad. No side effects for the first treatment and we will see how it goes this week. I've been icing to hopefully ward off neuropathy and nail issues. We shall see. I'm continuing to work full time and hoping I can do this through treatment with just treatment day off and a few days here and there.
Sorry this was soooo long 😃. I'm glad to be here with others going through the same thing who understand. Hope all of you ladies that have started treatment are doing well.
2/20/2020, IDC, Left, Stage IB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/31/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
9/20/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
11/10/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall