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The "BIG" appointment

Hi Friends!
Thank you so much for all of your support and follow up as I know you all are curious how my appointments with my treatment team went on 11/21.......

I met with my nurse navigator, surgeon, oncologist, & radiology oncologist and I have to say that I have some of the BEST doctors taking care of me!! Incredible knowledge, great bedside manner, and I feel confident in my decision that I have made for my journey. 

I have decided to move forward with a mastectomy on my right side with reconstruction. This will take place on Tuesday, 12/19/17. I will be in the hospital for at least one night and then home resting from this major surgery for up to 8 weeks. I won't be able to do much during this time, which will be hard for me. But I have to realize that I need to learn how to relax and take care of myself! Then will be the grueling, scary, and long part of my journey as I will have chemotherapy for 4-5 months..... 8 sessions every 2 weeks. The first 2 sessions will be 1 dose…

processing and learning.....

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I wanted to check in as I’ve had some pretty rough nights which bleed
into tough mornings lately. I have my big appointment on Tuesday (11/21) with my
doctors to discuss my treatment plan and the pros/cons with all
options. This diagnosis has been so much to process!! It’s
been clear that my nurse navigator wants me to get used to the
terrifying word: CHEMO. Anyone under 45 that has multiple tumors (me),
they are pretty aggressive with treatment as they classify it as early onset breast cancer.  I’m scared at what next year
will bring for me and my family but at the end of the day: I KNOW I’ll beat this and come out stronger. 🏼I did get my hormone testing back and this was positive (which is great) and my HER2 protein is negative (ALSO good!!). There are several new drugs and treatment plans to treat my type of cancer as I am positive/negative. had my genetic testing last week and I
am candidate for 28 out of the 32 strains of DNA they will test for me
and my family. I won't get …

My First Mammogram

I had my first mammogram on October 12th and to honest with you I wasn't nervous at all. I thought it would be a short appointment that I could "check off" my health list and tell my mammogram tech, "see ya in a couple years". I am young and have no history of breast cancer in my family, so this is going to be a breeze..right?! 
I went right into the office that afternoon and the tech gave me a warm robe, she explained the procedure too me and said there is a chance you could get called back into the office as with your first mammogram, we don't have a base line to compare your results too. Sounded good to me.
5 minutes later, I was done, dressed, and on my way home. Easy peasy. 
A couple days later I got a call that I needed to come back into the office for a more in depth screening of my right breast and to be prepared for additional screening after the mammogram, if needed. So on October 26th I went in for an additional mammogram and was immediately told t…