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Feb 8, 2010 12:17PM
I was diagnosed in July of 09, My husband actually found the lump months before, but I just sort of put it off about 8 months until my yearly check up with the gyno. Pretty dumb move on my part considering my mom had breast cancer 15 years ago!! I just didn't think it really could be, after all I'm just 39 years old:) My gyno said that it usually hits 10 years sooner in the next generation. My mom found out when she was 49, and myself at 39, so that was pretty weird. I actually opted to do a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. It went pretty good...more soreness than I expected to have to a longer period of time. My surgeon told me that some women just take Tylenol after surgery and are fine, so I felt like a total wimp when that didn't cut it for me!! I had some other stuff that went along with it, when we went to see my Onco. for the first time, he said that we could start chemo once we found out what the spot on my lung was. This threw us for a loop, cause this is the first we had heard anything of this. Anyway we did a pet scan, and it showed the spot in my lung, and also my ovaries were hot. This really freaked us out. They did an ultrasound of the ovaries, and it came out ok, then a biopsy of the lung and it showed to be some sort on infection. Needless to say, we were very relieved to hear this, but they still had to find out what kind of infection it was before they could start chemo. They wanted to go in and do another lung biopsy, but my family dr said no way to soon and to hard on my body. So he thought we should go to Mayo. So we went to Mayo, and they did surgery and removed the spot, and found out that it was Valley Fever from being in Arizona!! So, after all of that I was finally able to start chemo. I did 4 A/C, then 4 Taxol. For me the Taxol was alot harder on me than the A/C. After my first Taxol Neulasta, I saw my family dr, and he thought I looked terrible, so he wanted me to have my blood drawn, and my white count was 33,000. So he had me go up to Mayo, and they brought in a Hematologist, and he said I had CML, a form of Leukemia!! Anyway, to make a very long story short, we found out the next day that it was just a combo of the two drugs together. My counts hadn't dropped as much with the Taxol, as with the A/C, so I didn't have to have the Neulasta shot anymore.
I am scheduled to have my exchange surgery on the 8th of March. I'm a little nervous about this as I hate to subject my body to more, but on the other hand, I'm excited to get these hard rocks out of here!!! Am hoping for great results with the implants. Hopefully not too high of expectations though! I have the same PS as my mom did, and she looks great!
I will ask my Onco if there's anything to take for the body aches when I see her on Thursday!!
Stay in touch, pinkribbongirl
7/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-