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Oh No Associated with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma . Posted on July 27, 2019 View this journey (1 Experience)

Seems funny how we all know where we were and what we were doing when we got the diagnosis... it was Tuesday morning and I was just pulling into the parking spot at my apartment...the phone rang and I could hear the bad news in the nurse’s voice...yep, I was diagnosed with cancer.

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  • Bengal's Avatar
    Bengal

    Hard to digest however you get the news. I got the call from my primary that they wanted to do a mammography do over because there was a "questionable" area of concern - ON MY BIRTHDAY. That was the beginning of an unimaginable journey. So now every birthday will be an unwelcome reminder. The actually diagnosis of cancer came in the doctor's office from the surgeon who would subsequently do the lumpectomy. After being told repeatedly "don't worry, this is probably nothing" that is what you desperately want to hear. But in the back of your mind...... are you the least bit prepared. I kinda just went into zombie mode and started allowing myself to be led through the process. Still, two years later, I expect to wake up from this nightmare and find it has not been real.

    3 months ago
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    Anastasia

    I was heading up our high school reunion committee and the date was just a month away. Also I had moved back to my home state and my things were brought from storage a week after my biopsy.....and it was raining that day...not pouring but wet just the same! Life goes on....

    3 months ago
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    MarcieB

    A resident doctor who was present at the time of my biopsy called to tell me. I said, "Isn't it funny, I expected to hear this, and yet it still kind of takes my breath away." (I know I was fighting tears) She gently said, "Of course," and then she did the housekeeping stuff of scheduling the necessary appointments, Before she hung up she said, "We are going to take real good care of you." And they have - still do.

    3 months ago
  • Bengal's Avatar
    Bengal

    This is not news that should ever be given over the telephone. I know we are living in the age of the smartphone and all those other devices but some things need that personal contact, looking someone in the eye, and perhaps, most important, being prepared to deal with th reaction to one's words. MarcieB, it sounds like the person who did phone you did a decent job. In my case , I knew the instant the doctor walked into the exam room, from the expression his face, what the biopsy results were going to be. I was so glad that he took the time in a very kind and gentle manner to talk me through those first few minutes. By the way, I wouldn,

    3 months ago
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    Bengal

    Oops. Never got to finish that last sentence. I wouldn't want that part of his job for anything.

    3 months ago
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    eweneek

    You know, I don't actually remember getting the diagnosis confirmed by the surgeon. I had lost my mom to breast cancer ten years previously and in spite of being genetically cleared, I felt certain I would someday experience the same condition. Although I "knew" I had breast cancer as soon as I felt the lump I was not panicked. What I do remember is waiting for more than half an hour in the chilly exam room wearing my little paper bolero and staring with horrified fascination at the instruments all set out and ready for the biopsy. By the time the surgeon finally stepped into the room, I was feeling faint.

    3 months ago

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