On October 3, 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My surgeon was the one who gave me and Ray the news.
He explained that I had-Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I would later learn that it was-
Much of that visit with Dr. Quill is now sort of a blur, mostly due to the fear and anxiety I was feeling at the moment, but partly because I am still having issues with the old-much talked about among cancer patients-chemo brain.
One thing that stands out though was him saying that this was curable, the treatments would suck, and I had to be ready to fight. He also said that we would fight this thing with every weapon available.
And he was right. The treatments sucked! Not as much as they could have, but they definitely sucked!
Now, I have completed chemo, had a modified radical mastectomy (complete removal of my right breast and 11 lymph nodes), finished 33 radiation treatments, and am now on a drug called Letrozole which I will need to take for the next ten years.
Letrozole is used to treat certain types of breast cancer (such as hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer) in women after menopause. Letrozole is also used to help prevent cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Letrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body produces and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.
I have not had reconstruction surgery yet because the doctor wanted to wait until after the completion of my radiation treatments. Although I am now done with my rads, I'm still dealing with some insurance issues, so the surgery is still on hold.
I was recently diagnosed with Lymphedema on my surgical arm and have now started PT for that.