phase 2 day one..intense redness..

Right biopsy scar.

mapping in the 3 images below..

Updated Journal

from all of the leads, I am allergic and happens everytime..

day 7 after surgery, lower one was the implanted heart monitor, upper is the pacemaker.

day 3 phase 2..burnt look, getting worse..

phase 2 of radiation

Bandages off from lumpectomies surgery 8-2-2014.


Double breast cancer ribbons one for each type connecting the scars..

last day of radiation..black under armpit..so nasty, may or may not go away..

Removed bandage today - 48 hours, Sunday7/27/2014

November 6, 2017


I went for my mammogram and ultrasound and the radiologist and ultrasound technician said they didn't see anything.  Hmmm..I had the reports sent to my surgeon who I completely trust my life with literally.. 

I told him what they had said and he said in his opinion yes there are 3 new lumps but nothing he felt were suspicious.  

He said to continue to monitor them for size and changes.  


Until next time..

Thank you for your continued support!


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October 20, 2017
I wish I wasn't writing on this website today..

Wednesday I had my annual physical.  While getting dressed to go in I found a lump under my left armpit.  While getting my breast exam there were 2 more found on the right breast, I thought the one had disappeared, guess not. Tuesday morning along with another ultrasound.  Keep you all posted. 

Thank you for your continued support!


August 30, 2016

Great news is that the PET scan did not show any active cells.  My liver was all out whack due to a medication I was taking, my levels were through the roof!  I have stopped taking it as of 2 weeks, blood work in 2 weeks to see if it has got back to normal or lowered it.  

I saw my surgeon today to check my lumps and more good news, he said do not worry they do not seem suspicious.  I need to continue to monitor them and see if there are any changes etc. and go from there.

I was referred to an endocrinologist for my very low thyroid, this is why I am constantly exhausted and don't want to get out bed..

I had a scare yesterday thinking I was having a heart attack, went to the emergency room and my EKG and xrays all were good.  The doctor referred me to an orthopedic guy for follow up.  It feels better today and said he was glad I did not ignore the symptoms..

Thank you for your continued support!

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July 25, 2016


It's has been a while and glad not to have reported anything..

The lumps are still there and only one has increased in size slightly.  I had a blood panel drawn and the results indicate that the cancers have metastasized into my liver.  I have a PET scan scheduled for this coming Tuesday to see where else it has spread to.  I could use some prayers and all I can do is hope..

I was put on a medication for the anxiety and depression about a month ago which seems to be taking the edge off a bit..

Thank you for your continued support!


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March 31, 2016

Since the last update..


​I have been monitoring the 2 lumps, still there and really haven't changed much in size.  I have found 2 additional lumps which makes a total of 3 on the left and 1 on the right.

Had a mammogram this morning and the radiologist says not to worry..I will be awaiting a call from my surgeon for confirmation..crazy is all I can say..still tired but really trying to continue to work out, throwing riding into the mix.  

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

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December 30, 2015

I had the heart monitor implant on December 14, on December 15th I had an episode with a 9 second pause of my heart.  I didn't find this out until my follow up appointment with my cardiologist on the 22nd.  

After they did the device check I went back to the room and then everyone came into the room including my doctor and asked me how I was feeling..I was shocked about how long it was this time, extremely glad to say that I am still alive..

My doctor told me it was time for the pacemaker to be implanted.  As we talked he told me I needed to go to the hospital right then and check in for the surgery to happen the following day, he was really worried about me.  I explained that I needed to go home and get Jack (my best friend) and pack a bag, that I would be checking into the hospital that night..more on the journal page...


So the surgery went well, extremely painful to stand and try not to use my left arm..got out of the hospital on Christmas Evening late morning..


It is a painful incision due to the location and making it very uncomfortable..I am glad that I had this finally done.


Christmas day while I was sleeping, I had another episode ironically around the same time as on the 15th, this time I could feel the electrical impulses doing their job and bringing me back..this felt like it lasted around 3 minutes, extremely weird feeling but I was happy that it worked and I am still here..


I am sad that I had to have this implanted and also grateful that I am still alive and hopefully now, I won't always be afraid to go to sleep.  I have a backup now :) 


I am still keeping an eye on the lumps, I will be scheduling with the surgeon to check the sizing of the one under my armpit, I could really use a break from doctors...


Thank you for your continued support and prayers!!

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December 11, 2015


I have been doing alright for the most part, always exhausted, can't seem to catch up on sleep..


I am still keeping an eye on the sizing of the lumps..

I will be having surgery on Monday afternoon to have a 24/7 heart monitor placed on my heart, my testing came back alright.  This is being placed as a precautionary in lieu of the pacemaker.  This device will send results to my doctor so hopefully I don't have to visit him every 3 months :) or as it has been almost monthly..

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas, Hanukka and New Year!


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November 5,  2015

I am keeping an eye on the size of the 2 new lumps still, I found another one under my left armpit a few weeks ago.  I saw my surgeon and again to keep an eye on the size.

I don't want to put my body through another biopsy at this point if he feels we can wait.  


Meeting with my cardiologist next week for another echo to see how my heart is doing.  I have not been a good patient with regard taking my blood pressure on a daily basis, it's a memory thing..or taking my blood pressure medication.  

I feel like I am falling apart..cancer(s) really are not pleasant, so many after and side effects..

The good news is that I am running more and my time is improving :) 


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September 23, 2015


Tamoxifen side effects..


Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to tamoxifen: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tamoxifen can increase your risk of stroke or blood clots. Call your doctor at once if you have:

signs of a stroke - sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;

signs of a blood clot in the lung - chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or

signs of a blood clot in your leg - pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;

unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge;

changes in your menstrual periods;

pain or pressure in your pelvic area;

a new breast lump;

liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or

high levels of calcium in your blood - vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, lack of energy, or tired feeling.

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July 21, 2015

Since the last time..


I have been to my medical oncologist I was having a recheck due to the extreme high blood pressure that was constant, the last oncologist visit it was 150/115..totally unacceptable as this is a huge indicator of possibly having a stroke or heart attack.

My doctor prescribed a water pill to counter act, didn't help. I then went to my cardiologist regarding the blood pressure and questions as to why it was so extreme.  I will be having another ultrasound of my heart next week and see what is going on.  


The next topper to the past few weeks is that I found 2 lumps close to my underarm, left side..mammogram to come next week..really tired..


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June 23, 2015

The fight just keeps going...

I was on the Letrozole for 5 treatments (pills), cannot continue to deal with the horrible side effects, stopped yesterday.

I will be meeting with my medical oncologist Tuesday next week to figure something else out..I am running out of options..next option is Tamoxofin, we chose not to have me do this in the beginning..

I have another issue now with my blood pressure, continues to stay high, I was asked to take my blood pressure everyday and keep a log.. recheck with my cardiologist next month..I would really like to get off of this insane ride that I am on..

I will keep you posted..

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Good news about my last liver blood panel it has finally stopped with elevating, a retest in August.  

I have begun a new treatment this past Friday I started, a pill called Letrozole.  I am taking 3 times a week to start.  


Day 1 was not good, side effects of major dizziness, horrific headache, achyness, joint pain and nausea.  Day 2 I woke up with a sore throat.  The side effects continue.

I talked with my medical oncologist and I said I will push through this first week.  If it continues to be bad I am stopping this treatment.  This is the last option that we had discussed.  We will just have to go from there..I cannot live this quality of life.  I am really tired of all of this..I will continue to pray and thank you for your prayers and thoughts!


SIDE EFFECTS: Hot flashes, hair loss, joint/bone/muscle pain, tiredness, unusual sweating, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: bone fractures, mental/mood changes (such asdepression, anxiety), swelling of arms/legs, blurred vision, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual tiredness, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin..This medication (and cancer) may rarely cause serious problems from blood clots (such as heart attack or stroke). Get medical help right away if you experience: sudden shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, confusion, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, vision changes, sudden/severeheadache.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat/neck), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. 


Lovely...


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I had my liver biopsy May 27, 2015, didn't feel anything as they used a topical then medicine through in IV so I wouldn't feel anything, outpatient procedure.  

I received the results the following Monday, no cancer.  The doctor said that there is something going on with my liver, still elevating, not good.  Ordered more blood work, completed this past Friday so hopefully find out Monday or Tuesday if it is still elevating and move on from there.

With all of the liver challenges, I am not allowed to begin my next treatment for the cancer(s).  This is frustrating to me, without being on another treatment the cancer(s) will most likely come back quicker with nothing to help prevent blocking it.  It has been 4 months now trying to figure this out...keep you posted..
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April 18, 2015

I received the results of the mammogram that I had last week, both breasts are clear of any new cancer(s)!!


I am relieved for the next 3 months until the re-check.

Tomorrow night I will be having my MRI of my liver and abdomen and a biopsy to follow..

Thank you all for you continued prayers and support!  It has been a rough journey with many challenging days.


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April 13, 2015

I met with my medical oncologist this past Friday for results of yet another blood work draw.  My numbers from the liver still continue to elevate with each draw, not good.  

I will be having an MRI of the abdomen/liver then follow with a biopsy of my liver in the next few weeks.  Praying that it is not cancer in my liver.  I will be going for my follow up mammogram this week, praying that the radiation worked and there are no more new lumps.  Holding off on new treatment until we find out what is going on with my liver.

I still don't have an appetite and remind myself that I need to eat, especially protein to keep my strength up.  Still have the exhausted feeling daily, drinking a lot of green tea.


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March 30, 2015


Went for another test, ultrasound on my liver, kidneys and spleen.  Talked with my medical oncologist tonight, I need more testing.  We are not really sure what is going on, issues with my liver.  


I am still constantly exhausted, no appetite and have to basically force myself to eat, absolutely no appetite for food or beverage.  When I do eat, i pray that I keep it down.  This is not the way I want to live, not a good quality of life right now.


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February 15, 2015

Met with my medical oncologist a few days ago, talking about all of the side effects and how I have been lacking in my quality of life.  I had already decided to get off of the medication.  My doctor agreed.  

After being on the Arimidex for about 6 weeks, the side effects were and are horrible!  The first day off the medication was waking up in the night with a horrible headache, lasted all day finally broke down and took 1000mg of Tylenol.

Some of the side effects from the lab results on my blood..my white blood cell count was at 7,000 before I started the radiation, it is now under 3,000 which is not a good place to be at.  I have something going with my liver, and something on with my eyes.  I will find out the results of my testing with my cardiologist in a week, had to wear a heart monitor again..


I will be having more blood work done in 2 weeks and continue to move forward.  Hopefully I regain some more of my energy, always exhausted.  This is not how I want to live my life..

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January 7, 2015


After fighting with the insurance company getting the approval..so finally..


Day two of taking Arimidex and feeling a few side effects.


Having a lot of dizziness, headaches, pain and oh wait...hot flashes!  This is horrible!!  I will give this 30 days and if it gets worse, I am stopping taking this and move on to the next option..

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January 2, 2015


Today I start another treatment, this will be the Arimidex (anastrozole) on a daily basis.  


I am not looking forward to taking this pill. Doctor said if I can't handle this, then we will look at something else..


What are the possible side effects of anastrozole (Arimidex)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • a bone fracture;
  • swollen glands;
  • feeling short of breath;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • swelling in your hands or feet; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • numbness, tingling, cold feeling, or weakness in your hand or wrist;
  • problems with your fingers while gripping;
  • hot flashes;
  • joint pain or stiffness;
  • depression, mood changes, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • cough, sore throat;
  • thinning hair;
  • mild nausea, vomiting; or
  • back pain, bone pain.


The question I have is; do I want to take this?  This is strongly recommended by my medical oncologist.  I am seriously having second thoughts..He said, depending on the side effects we can adjust to another pill.


I don't know about you, but this is a little nerve racking to be recommended that I take this pill for 5+ years.


I will keep you posted..if the cancer(s) don't kill me, this drug might..

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November 23, 2014


Today was the last of radiation!!!! So glad it is done for now..It was a long process and extremely exhausting..


I appreciate all of your support throughout this!  Praying I am done for now..Follow up with medical and radiology oncologist in 2 weeks..more to come..

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November 20, 2014


Moving along with phase 2..the burnt look is more and more evident, photo on the journal page..pretty nasty looking and doesn't feel so hot, actually it feels extremely hot all of the time..part of the radiation.

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November 17, 2014


Day one of phase 2 of the "boost" part of my last week of radiation..horrible nausea and headache, wasn't sure I was going to make the drive home.  Arrived home safely and couldn't shake the freezing feeling throughout my body, truly chilled to the bone..had the throw up feelings but couldn't..can't throw up what is not there..pushing through..


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November 11, 2014


Veterans Day...Thank you to all who served!


Today I went in for the "new" mapping for the second phase of the radiation treatment which starts this coming Monday.  They don't tattoo this area because it is so large..


Good news is that there is an end date for this go around..November 21, 2014!!!!!


Still feeling crappy, tired, feeling like I am a fireball all the time, swollen but doing it all with a smile on my face..I know that this could be worse and there is always someone out there that is worse off than me..


I will continue to push through this..funny..my new words..pushing through, don't know how I chose these..


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November 6, 2014


Radiation is still going...talked with the radiologist oncologist this past Monday, I wanted to pin point the end date for this roller coaster that I am now on..he said November 21, 2014


The radiation is certainly affecting me..the redness is getting worse, the swollen breast is still and now adding in to mix is the pain that I get often in my arm and chest, yesterday it feels like my ribs are hurting..I mentioned it this morning and the nurses just looked at me and said sorry..unfortunately it is part of the side effects.


I am still trying to keep up with running, that is becoming a real challenge..I am pushing through this..


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October 28, 2014


This past Thursday was day one, doctor said I can do the highest dose for 4.5 weeks instead of 7 weeks, that made my day!


Today will be day four for my radiation therapy..Had the small tattoos done this past Friday, four.


It has been alright so far, breast is swelling and energy level is slowing down, having redness and feeling burnt at times.  Reality has set in of going through treatment, not fun..trying to take it all in stride and continue to focus on life and all that I have to do.  I am trying to keep up and trying to get rest.


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October 21, 2014


I met with my radiologist oncologist today for the ct and mapping for the radiation therapy.  I had to do a ct scan then they marked me with a sharpie, another ct scan then the mapping.  


I had my eyes closed and was a bit anxious to begin with, so I didn't know how many they marked.  Once they marked me up, they placed a clear bandage over them so I could shower and they would stay until Thursday, when I actually get the tattoos.  I got home and removed my bra and saw there are 5 different places that will be the targets for the radiation.  


I didn't qualify for the target pinpointed radiation, they will be radiating the whole left breast.  


I will be starting my radiation treatment on October 23, 2014 as I know this far it will be Monday through Friday 10 minutes a day for 7 weeks.  


Photos of the marking..


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September 23, 2014


I met with my radiologist oncologist last week for the treatment plan, finally..  After waiting for a while past my scheduled appointment time, then meeting with him as he sat and read my file, in front of me, asking me questions which were answered in the "document" I had to complete, before I arrived, then had to complete MORE forms...I was annoyed to say the least.  I really felt like I was "cattle" moving through the pen...not a pleasant experience!


SO, after the 20 minutes as I sat across from him reading my file, he looked at me and said, "why aren't you doing the recommended chemotherapy? I said, why would I want to damage my body anymore than it already is, knowing that I am already in the highest risk category, it will come back even if I had all three recommended treatments, chemotherapy, radiation, pill 7-10 years.  


He said "ok, it's your body, I said yes it is. He then said, "you had your surgery 8 weeks ago, we like to start radiation 3-6 weeks after the surgery, I explained that I was waiting on the genetic test results.  


He then proceeded to sit back and in a "flippid" manner say, well, "there are no guarantees that this will work." I said, there are no guarantees in life, I know that this will come back..I asked if there had been studies done regarding the wait time between the surgery and the start of radiation and he said he didn't know..REALLY!  Again, I cannot stress enough to be your BEST ADVOCATE!  DO YOUR RESEARCH


I was beside myself with the attitude, he was highly recommended by my other doctors..


I explained that I had some things going on, schedule wise and could not commit to the full 7 weeks, 5 days a week until after my AZ Run for the Fallen which I am the run director, not a lot of assistance this year so really taking on a lot when it is not the best time for me, pushing through and doing what I need to do for the fallen families of Arizona.  This is the 2nd year and I will not let them down to Honor and Remember their loved ones!


I will be having the mapping and then starting radiation on October 21, 2014.


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September 11, 2014

Finally received the news regarding the genetic test results are negative!! So happy about that..

Meeting with the radiologist oncologist next Wednesday to make the treatment plan finally.  I have made my decision 

that I will not have a double mastectomy, there are no guarantees in life about anything, this also includes having a double mastectomy..so since it is my choice about my treatment, I choose NO.


The conversation next week will be for me to better understand how this radiation will work and the timeframe I will be having it.  


It has been a long time between the lumpectomies and now..how do I know there is not more there? I know that by having the radiation this will help it slow the recurrence rate some, praying that it NEVER comes back, but I live in the real world..I know it will, that is the part of reality you just have to suck up and deal with..aahh..if we lived in a perfect world..


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August 26, 2014

So important if you are ever faced with challenge, GENETIC COUNSELOR, have one recommended and visit with them for their opinion on genetic testing.

After the mess with the genetic test taken on July 3, 2014, it was never processed..So today I met with the genetic counselor at the U of A Cancer Center where my oncologist is at.  Good informative meeting with the saliva sample taken for the genetic test, braca 1&2 plus panel, this should take approximately 21 days for the results, she put a "stat" on this due to pending treatments.

So the treatment options..as I said in the last entry, still all depends on the outcome of this genetic test.  I am now looking at treatments starting late September, I really wanted to be almost done with this and be able to move on with my life..yet again, another emotional day, the endless waiting and uncertainties with my life.


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Side Note: I am discovering that in this fast paced busy world, nothing will happen unless I take control. This is my life and I have to learn the process, make the calls, ask the questions and in some cases stand my ground. No one does it for you and those involved in the process have a hundred other patients. The energy it takes to follow up with people is enormous but it must be done. I'm not complaining, it's just reality.


August 21, 2014

Food for thought...I am a bit emotional today, sorry..

For those who you may know who are or have been affected by cancer..I beg you to not treat them any differently then before the diagnosis..

Be there for them, don't ask them constantly how they are feeling, just engage in conversation, they don't want your pity, only your continued friendship and support..most importantly..do not act as if cancer is contagious..it's like being thrown from a horse.. yes I have been, we can smell your fear..if you cannot handle the cancer, it is too bad for you, we are living with it on a daily basis and cannot take a break.. unfortunately the cancer statistics are utterly staggering..1 in 6 women in the United States have or will be diagnosed with cancer in their life..

Please don't be selfish, be there for that special person in your life, even to the smallest degree..you are in each others life for a reason, don't let this come between you, God does have the reasons and plans.


August 21, 2014

I had to go to the surgeon today to have a protruding stitch removed today, uncomfortable..talked about the insurance and the genetic test and status, he talked about a genetic counselor at the U of A Cancer center, he called them, they called me about 10 minutes later to schedule an appointment for other options on the scope of the genetic test with it being in the family.  Going Tuesday for a new genetic test DNA and off we go again..

Really tired of all of the waiting that is going on..definitely trying my patience and strength at times.  I just need to move on with this whole process and put my mind at ease, I am not at peace right now, very bothersome.  I guess I am glad for xanax..I am so grateful that at least the cancer has been cut out and only awaiting the treatments..

So the treatment options are all depending upon the outcome of the genetic test result.  If it is positive, I will strongly consider a double mastectomy, rebuild and no radiation and on a pill for 7-10 years.  If it is negative, radiation 5 days a week, 7 weeks, then a pill 7-10 years..more to come..the joys of cancer..


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August 19, 2014

I met with my new oncologist doctor who is the medical director for UofA Cancer Center at St. Joe's Barrow hospital in Phoenix.  Good thorough visit, went over all testing and reports, nothing new to me.

Discussed treatment options, explained that I am not doing chemotherapy and why.  I do not believe the percentage of reduced recurrence is great enough with including chemotherapy in my treatment plan, the damage that it does and knowing that I have a heart condition, not a good combination, I already know it will come back, why would anyone want to put the remainder of their body in jeopardy and be debilitated and miserable, only to know that there are so many unpleasant complications from the chemo, not happening to this body!

Insurance...so I originally started the genetic test process on July 3, 2014, DNA sent to a lab in NJ, come to find out after so many calls to the insurance for authorization for the test, I have to redo the test and it will be more time passed to determine the treatment plan.  Hours and hours on the phone with a company, I don't understand how some companies can function and operate effectively..another day another test..the oncologist is recommending a bone density test before the treatments start for a baseline.  I will be having this done next week, hopefully not invasive..


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August 9, 2014

Talked with my surgeon a few minutes ago, 4:30pm on a Saturday afternoon..the test result from the Oncotype DX came back with a number of 34, this is for the recurrence rate within the next 10 years, this is not a good number to have..anything over 31 is a high risk rate.

I do not qualify for the targeted chemotherapy due to the "clusters" that were removed and 2 different types of breast cancer.  Recommendation to a breast cancer oncologist in Phoenix, St. Josephs Barrow, I will schedule an appointment Monday.

Getting out of town for a few days to try and focus on a plan..not what I wanted to hear..but reality is not always easy or what you want it to be..


http://www.oncotypedx.com/


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July 30, 2014

Surgeon follow up with confirmation of the stages, they are both at a 1, thank God!

Still waiting on the genetic test results, yet another challenge with the insurance company, they requested a letter from the surgeon..seriously!  Letter sent..So this one will be another week to wait..

The new test that was ordered yesterday is called the Oncotype DX that can help predict the reccurrence of the breast cancer(s), so you can determine the best treatment option.  This test is helpful for stage I or II invasive breast cancer, estrogen-receptor positive (ER+), meaning the cancer cells grow in response to the hormone estrogen. This is me..

Had the incisions cleaned and re-terri-strippe, one fell off this morning, looks nasty..larger than I thought :( it is only more scars.. way too many scars on this body!  Still here :) keep you posted..


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July 26, 2014

Woke up sore on the left side, feeling good other than the moderate pain, was given a prescription and took one at breakfast.


Doctor follow up July 30, 2014..more to come..thank you all for your continued support!


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July 25, 2014

Surgery was started with the pre-operating procedures, IV, blood pressure, heparin (blood thinner) then off to the breast care center for the insertion of the wire to identify the two clips previously placed for the areas.  This procedure was similar to the biopsies, laying face down on a table with a hole for the breast to be able to worked on, very uncomfortable and extremely painful.  Then off for another mammogram to make sure it was positioned properly. Back to the pre-operating room for the surgery.  I was given antibiotic and medication to knock me out, worked quickly.

The surgery took approximately 1 hour and I was on my feet about 45 minutes later.  Woke up sore on the left side, bandaged up and home I went.  Possibly the stages are 1, waiting for the complete pathology report, doctor will call.  Lymph node biopsies were benign :)


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July 16, 2014 right breast biopsy, benign, will have a MRI re-check in six months..

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July 14, 2014 right breast MRI biopsy, extremely painful and long process..

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July 8, 2014

Met with the doctor late this afternoon, discussed all of the tests from the past week and the what and why's for the tests..

So, there is now something on the right breast, center, not sure of the size or dimensions, heading for another test on Friday morning, should have results this weekend, then another biopsy to follow..


Will be having the lymph nodes biopsied on the 25th lumpectomy removals to see what the stages are.


Still awaiting my genetic testing results..


Discussed treatment options, depending on the stages, praying for no chemotherapy...


Constantly sick to my stomach with the feeling of vomitting..can't shake it..


I have been praying I will be fine, I think my nerves are getting the best of me..


still dealing with the illianngual nerve cut, the pain is horrible most days, still having bruising on the lower abdomen, crazy!


More to come..


 Diagnosed with 2 different types of breast cancer after 2 cluster biopsies...IDC - Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and DCIS - Ductal Carcinoma In Situ 

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July 1, 2014....Let the testing begin..blood work and EKG 

July 2, 2014...no testing..PET scan denied by Aetna insurance..

July 3, 2014..MRI with and without contrast..chest x-ray..genetic test
..MRI special for the breast is unlike any MRI I have ever had, you lay flat on a table on your stomach with holes in there for your breasts while you lie completely still with an IV for the contrast to pump through..35 minutes on the table, very uncomfortable..Chest x-ray - done..


The beginning of a profile in courage.


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