MY FIRST FB POST
JANUARY 22, 2014
My husband found a lump in my breast on January 14th, 2014. I hadn't had a mammogram in 10 years. Went to my doctor's office. Got a mammorgram and then a biopsy for The Lump. Received a call from the Doctor's Office on January 22nd, 2014 informing me that I had Breast Cancer in at least one part of my breast. More would be confirmed in another area later. I made this video 20 minutes after I got the call.
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Met with the doctor who got the results a day after the call. My Husband and a good friend went with me. Everyone thought that I'd be too freaked out to take notes. I wasn't and this confused the Doctor. The whole thing just seemed surreal to me. I thought it was ridiculous that I had cancer. I was told to return to the hospital the following day for a Steriotactic Biopsy to check out more weirdness they had found in another part of my breast. I thought this was like a bad Lifetime movie and was sure it would turn out to be nothing.
TELLING MY SON I HAD CANCER
MORE CANCER FOUND BUT NOT AS BAD AS IT COULD'VE BEEN...
The first thing I noticed was how it affected everyone around me. My friends and family were all scared and worried. I didn't expect that. I had my husband take this picture of me and placed it on my Facebook page to let them know that I was okay and that I was going to be okay. I found that I had to be not just strong for me, but, strong for them, too.
It was hard talking to my son about my cancer because I didn't really have any answers for him. How could I tell him what was going on if I didn't know myself. But I had no choice. At this point I had no idea what stage I was in or if it had hit my lymph nodes and what the results of the last biopsy were going to be. I figured I'd tell it to him straight and make sure that he knew everything that was going on and that everything was going to be okay. He handled it better than a lot of my grown up friends did.
WAITING FOR RESULTS FROM THE 2ND BIOPSY
So I now knew for certain that I had 2 different types of cancer in 2 different parts of my left breast. One was clearly the bad invasive kind the other was the not so bad non invasive kind. I didn't know what stage the invasive cancer was nor if it had spread to my lymph nodes.
Because I could not afford to put the rest of this Journey (wherever it might be going) on my one credit card, I needed to find a hospital that had The Breast and Cervical Treatment Program and get ready for...
So what do you do when you've been diagnosed with cancer and you have no idea what stage you're at and they may have found more cancer? You walk your dog...
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