April 15, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
Today TW and I had an appointment in the radiology department. In the very beginning of my appointments at MDA and before they had biopsied the “suspicious” lymph node, my team of doctors thought that I was Stage 0. They were basing it off of information from my previous mammogram from another hospital. At that time, my team of doctors thought that I was Stage O – DCIS with large amounts of calcifications, meaning noninvasive cancer. I briefly met the radiologist at my first appointment, but I did not think I would be meeting with him again due to information from my first mammogram.
So my appointment was called radiologist “consultation”. In my mind, I was thinking are we going to talk with the doctor about radiation being a possibility or has the decision already been made? According from what I was told in the beginning, radiation is not needed unless 4 lymph nodes or more are involved. I had 2 lymph nodes that were involved.
TW and I are sitting in the waiting area and are called back to meet with the nurse. She asks me the standard questions to see how I am doing and proceeds to say that she is going to show us the radiation video. After she leaves the room, I ask TW for a tissue. In my mind, I was thinking that this “consultation” was where a decision would be made, not that the decision had already been made. Guess I was HOPEFUL, that radiation was not necessary. Continue reading “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 7”