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Jul 11, 2021 08:13AM
The mammogram situation was actually surprising to me. OK, they did a baseline after surgery and before radiation - that makes sense. But as I was leaving I said something to the tech like, I guess I'll be seeing you again in a few weeks? And she told me no, I won't have another mammogram for a YEAR. That, unless something changes, it just goes back to annual mammograms at this point. Can that be right? And I guess this baseline mamm just checks the location and appearance of the scar and any architectural distortions caused by the surgery so that when I get my next annual they know what my new "normal" is on that side. Waiting a year to get another mammogram makes me a bit nervous, so I will definitely ask the oncologist about this.
And I am VERY lucky that the radiation place is close to where I live - it's a straight shot by bus and only about 20 minutes away. I've already made a standing appointment for 8 AM, so hope to be in and out and get on with my normal workday afterwards. I am concerned about fatigue, but I'm also very fortunate that my office is still working remotely (because of COVID) with no plans to return to in person until the fall - which gives me plenty of time to finish up radiation first.
Yes, I too am so fortunate that I have a supportive, flexible work place, decent insurance, and (more or less) financial stability. But, yes, this can be absolutely devastating to so many people. Ugh, don't even get me started on the US healthcare system - I had VERY strong views about this before I got diagnosed with cancer, and now that I'm actively in treatment, I get even more angry that access to healthcare and health-related accommodations from work is out of reach for far too many people. We need change.
The only thing that sucks a bit right now is that people keep asking me about summer plans and if I'm going anywhere for summer and of course I can't leave since I have to be here daily for radiation until mid-August. So much for summer! But not sure I'd be up for travel this summer anyway with the Delta variant now is circulation. I think I'm just going to write this summer off and hope that all goes well for next summer! Still, sad to see summer pass me by this year....(And my daughter goes back to school August 17th - just a few days after my radiation treatment ends - so there is really no time for much summer fun.) But, again, I do count my blessings (see above).
5/13/2021, DCIS, Right, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+
5/13/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
6/7/2021 Lumpectomy: Right
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