March 30, 2017
Dear Friends & Family,
I’ve been recovering for about 1 week, after a successful surgery. I had my first doctor’s appointment yesterday. During surgery, the doctors tested a “suspicious” lymph node (that they originally identified during my mammogram), which they confirmed was cancerous. They only tested the suspicious node during surgery, and over the next 7 days, ran pathology on the other lymph nodes that were removed during surgery. The result was 2 out of the 29 lymph nodes that were removed contained cancer.
The pathology was also run on the removed breast tissue, and the doctors found 2 small invasive tumors (~1 cm each). The tumors in the breast can best be described as “ground zero”, before getting into the 2 lymph nodes. Having this confirmation is a huge relief, because going into surgery the doctors were not able to see invasive cancer in the breast, therefore they weren’t able to explain how it could have gotten into the “suspicious” lymph node.
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This BLOG is about BREAST CANCER AWARENESS UNDER THE AGE OF 40 and advocating for yourself to get a baseline mammogram. Early detection is crucial especially for women under the age of 40. Fewer than 5 percent of women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40. Yes, it is a small percentage, but YOU could be part of that percentage, I am. Often times, women under the age of 40 may have false positives or dense breast tissue, but it is better to know that in advance and monitor changes when you receive a mammogram again when you are 40 years old. If you are over the age of 40, please get a mammogram.
My whole breast cancer diagnosis is somewhat surreal and I still cannot believe that I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 with no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer does not run in my family. The reason that I had my first baseline mammogram was because a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. I thought to myself, I should probably get my baseline mammogram to check things out on my own.
My husband was going to be out of town on Saturday, January 12, 2017, so I thought, that sounds like a great day to get a mammogram! I scheduled my appointment online and that was that, so I thought… I needed to get my gynocologist to sign off on the papers for my scheduled mammogram. I spoke with the Nurse Practitioner and she asked, “Have you noticed any lumps or changes in your breasts.” and my answer was “NO.” She also asked, “Does breast cancer run in your family.” and my answer was “NO.” The Nurse Practitioner said that the Gyncologist doesn’t usually recommend a patient getting a mammogram unless they have answered yes to the questions that she had asked me.
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The surgery was a success! The surgery lasted about 5 hours with reconstruction surgery being the last portion. The anesthesia took awhile to wear off. In the meantime as my anesthesia wore off, I would bound and determined to see my friend TM who was at MDA receiving chemotherapy. My mom and husband came to my bedside, but all I kept saying was, “I want to see TM! Where is TM?” TM did eventually come in the room after her chemo treatment to visit me and I know that we had a great conversation. 😉
Because I was still feeling the effects of the anesthesia, my husband wrote an email to update everyone on how things went…
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This is the email that I wrote the night before my surgery. I remember sitting at a blank screen for awhile and not knowing exactly what to write to my friends, family, and coworkers. I wanted to appear strong, but deep down, I was feeling scared and anxious. I had to keep reminding myself that everything would be ok and that I was in good hands with my doctors and that I had many people praying and thinking about me. I also had Maverick (the lab) and Macy (the chi) supporting me by wearing pink bandanas.
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This is the second email that I wrote to friends and family.
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Below is the email that I wrote to my family, friends, and coworkers regarding my breast cancer diagnosis. My parents, husband, and a few close friends knew that I had various appointments to possibly confirm a breast cancer diagnosis.
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