Cheryldi's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • Cheryldi
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    Routine mammogram resulted in call back. I wasn't worried. My husband's family had a history of cancer, not mine. Then there were additional tests scheduled - biopsy for a small lump in left breast. I fretted about an invasive needle being stuck into my precious breast. The news wasn't good, so an ultra sound was scheduled, Those were easy when I was pregnant, but again the outcome still confirmed the existence of cancer. And now I am scheduled to meet with a surgeon and radiologist and oncologist . It's time to engage my husband to attend appointments. Discussions are centering around lumpectomy or mastectomy because of the location near the nipple. And of course, lots of tears along the way. Denial still hangs. Fear begins to creep in. But there is so much I don't know and it is happening so quick. Now a MRI is scheduled, but I fail it due to anxiety attack. Medication helps as well as my husband holding my hand through the rescheduled procedure. But now the results have gone from bad to worse. There is cancer in the right breast and it's invasive. Now the surgery discussion centers on a bilateral mastectomy followed by radiation and or chemotherapy. Reality settles in. And I am ready to go forward. Telling friends and family is difficult. There is so much information to digest from books and the internet. ACS was such a great source for both research and contacts on the hotline. I was even put in touch with another survivor in my area. That really really helped so much.