Please support me as I commit to an incredible challenge. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. It will be hard, but it’s not as hard as breast cancer. It’s not as hard as chemo. It’s not as hard as getting bad news at your latest scan. It’s not as hard as saying goodbye. And that’s why I know I have to do this. That’s why I commit. That’s why I’m walking and why I’m raising money – to end breast cancer forever.
July 6th – the day it all started for me.
In my lifetime, I would never have guessed I would become the patient. I am a caregiver; I love caring for other people. Even on my days off, I think about my patients and wonder how they are doing. Did I do the right thing when I visited them yesterday? What could I do differently to help them? What will I do at tomorrow’s visit? What does my family need? How can I help them? Which of my friends need help tomorrow?
Now I am the one sitting next to the doctor as the patient, now the notes I take, to be sure we capture the important stuff, are about me.
July 6th, my routine mammogram turned into a call-back mammogram, leading to call back ultrasound and then a biopsy. July 16th, the phone call you never want to have. You have breast cancer. Who, me? No way.
In summary, I have invasive ductal carcinoma (ER/PR+, HER2-) in the left breast with positive lymph nodes in my left axilla (armpit). They also found invasive ductal carcinoma in the right breast (ER/PR+, HER2-), which they feel is a new, different cancer.
I finished 20 weeks of chemo (Doxorubicin, Cytoxan and Paclitaxel). On February 23rd I had a double mastectomy. I am feeling well and will start 6 weeks of radiation in the next two weeks. I wish that would be the end. Unfortunately, I will then be on a chemotherapy pill for at lest 2 years and 5-10 years of hormone blockers.
I do not currently have any known genetic markers. However, I have three aunts and 3 first cousins who have had breast cancer. I wonder if someday there will be a Risler Genetic component.
Thank you for learning about me. I appreciate any support you can give.
Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm” and the warrior whispers back, “I am the storm”.