I am ecstatic to say … I AM CANCER FREE!
In March 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, even after a clear mammogram. It missed the cancer in my right breast. Two doctors told me the lump I found 11 days later was “nothing”. Finally, four months after finding that lump, I went to see a breast cancer specialist (a surgical oncologist) — someone whose main job it is to look at breasts all day and specializes in the detection of breast cancer.
A subsequent MRI, needle biopsy and ultrasound also did not detect cancer, but it showed something was not right. We decided to take it out. Thank goodness, because when the pathology from that lumpectomy came back, it was indeed invasive carcinoma, in addition to the less concerning ductal carcinoma in situ.
I underwent a bilateral mastectomy in May with second stage reconstruction in August of the same year. It did spread to one lymph node but thankfully stopped there. I chose not to do chemotherapy or radiation, as both treatments would not benefit me enough to outweigh going through them.
This roller coaster was filled with immensely difficult decisions, but I am thrilled to report that they got it all and I am cancer free!
I will continue to be monitored closely for the rest of what doctors tell me is sure to be a long, healthy life. I remain on an estrogen-blocker to keep any future breast cancer from rearing its ugly head and I am back to all my regular activities. Mom to two energetic, wonderful little girls. Work. Hitting the gym hard-core as always. Happiness. When life gives you lemons, you Gotta Make Lemonade. Please check out my website that my husband and I launched: www.GottaMakeLemonade.com