I was very lucky my oncologist ordered the Oncotype – DX testing on my breast cancer tumor.
This tested for over 20 genes and it lets them know some important stuff such as chemo would only increase my chances of not getting cancer again in 5 years by 1%. That little detail let myself and the doctors decide it was not worth the side effects for 1%.
I am grateful for this new testing for breast cancer because without it I would have had to do chemo.
Today I had to pre- register at the hospital to get the chemo port taken out since it will not be needed. That will be done this week and its a 10 minute thing.
I then went to the radiologist/ oncologist appointment to get molded for the position I will be in each time I receive radiation so they are sure I am in the exact same position each time. While I was there they did a CAT scan that was an easy test since I can see out both ends. I can not do a MRI.
The Dr. will now configure up everything to pinpoint the exact locations for my chemo. They are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain.
They gave me some tiny little tatoo’s that felt like a tiny needle that helps with the locations.
Next week I should be starting radiation and this will go on for 5 weeks x 5 days a week I was able to reduce it by 1 1/2 weeks with my second surgery.
Life is good and I am so grateful to the wonderful people I have in my life. Your support has meant everything to me.
I am still fighting like a girl.
This pair of chipping sparrows are building a nest where the ones last year built one.
Maybe they like this one because part of the work was already done.
The funny thing is there are 3 other bird houses in the same area but the birds seem to like this one because it is the tallest.
Stripey was just sitting there all prim and proper so I could not resist taking a picture of him.
This was taken using my Canon 400mm lens and it really turned out quite clear and he had no idea I was taking his picture.
Today I took out the camera it has been awhile.
I headed for the heifers next door and caught these cuties just in time.
The tongue shot was just good timing she had been eating molasses.
These cows lay on the edge of the round bale so this is why they have hay all over them. They do not seem to mind at all even if it is picture time.
Cows have many expressions and I love trying to capture their true personalities.
I am doing really good & healing quite well from both surgeries.
The biggest problem I am having right now is I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders. It seems that everything I want to do I need to lift my arms lol.
There is still some test we are waiting for but the surgeon said they should be back next week. These test will tell us my exact treatment plan since we had some unexpected things show up after the lumpectomy and lymph node removal testing came back.
This could change what happens first in my case but there is lab testing that helps the oncologist decide. They are running the Oncotype DX on my tumor this also tells us the chance of recurrence.
I have a very positive outlook on life and my cancer even though it was IDC which is aggressive cancer but it was caught early. I have an amazing team of Dr’s. who are looking out for me?
My husband Jack is my rock and he has helped me so much since this all started in November.
I am only surrounding myself with those family members and friends who are loving, supportive, positive, and truly care about me. I do not know what I would have done without you all thank you all for being there for me on this journey you are all wonderful.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and how fast you react determines the outcome.
Cancer I will beat you and I WILL WIN!
We have had our second snow storm this winter here on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Normally our temps are 55-60 the last few days have been 20 – 35.
All of us Texans are pretty spoiled to our good weather 95% of the time.
We are ready for a break, some sunshine, warm temperatures and that way we can all get back to normal.
Go back to the cold states you crazy weather they are used to it.
It seems like the statistics have gotten worse for breast cancer but it is quite the opposite they are now finding more breast cancer with the 3D imaging because it can detect much smaller cancers.
One in every eight women will get breast cancer I am that one.
In mid-November, I had a 3D screening mammogram with 2D images. I got a call saying that they needed to do a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound due to suspicion of a mass.
I did this the following week. The radiologist came into the room afterward and he told me it was breast cancer but said it looked like there was no node involvement. He said a biopsy would be needed.
I was NOT prepared for this at all.
I had to schedule a biopsy the 3rd week and it showed invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) which means a breast cancer that started in the ducts of the breast and spread outside into the breast tissue that is what makes it invasive. Mine was considered a grade 2 which means intermediate not the dormant type but not the overly aggressive type.
My surgery was December 29th. I would be having a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy. The sentinel node biopsy is to be sure it has not spread to the lymph nodes. They injected the blue dye and tracer for this procedure before my surgery.
I had ZERO pain with this surgery and I was super glued together for both incisions. They have proven there is better healing, less scarring and fewer complications using the glue over stitches or staples.
He took out the tumor and 3 margins around the tumor as well as 6 lymph nodes. There are certain cancers that can only be seen with a microscope and they do not show up on the scans.
The tumor biopsy results are back I met with the surgeon yesterday. Tomorrow I meet with the oncologist. It looks like my treatment plan has changed and become a little bit more complicated.
I will post more after I see the oncologist.
I wanted to share my experience with this in the hopes I might help someone else.
In the meantime, I will FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!