Sunday, October 25, 2020

Breast Cancer ~ When I was diagnosed

I wish I would have written about my journey with breast cancer when I was diagnosed, but I was too stressed and my brain was so bombarded with words I'd never heard of like architectural sclerosis and in situ and LCIS. I also had a busy family to take care of. Even though I wasn't diagnosed until January 9, 2015 I feel like my journey started way before that with 2013 and 2014 being extremely stressful years. If stress causes cancer then that's what caused mine. I will however never know and my doctor told me it's not worth the energy trying to figure it out. More about risk factors in another post. I was due for a routine mammogram in October 2014 but put it off for a couple of months. I finally made an appoint for Dec. 2014. When I got to Concord Imaging the radiologist told me that I would get to use the new 3D mammography machines. She said that when I had mind last year in October that just two weeks later they replaced them all with the 3D machines. I didn't think much about that but would learn later that it would matter in my situation. I had the mammogram and then was sent to the waiting room. Then they call me back for another image. An then another image. Then the radiologist spoke to me and said he saw something suspicious. I left wondering what. When I checked out they said they would call me. Well a week later I got a letter in the mail from Concord Imaging that totally did not make sense. The letter said you have architectural schlerosis. I had no idea what that was and called immediately. When I called she said you need to make an appointment to have a biopsey and ultrsound together at the same time. She could not schedule me for two long weeks! And trust me those were the longest two weeks of my life!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

New Year ~ New Knee and time to write everyday

I finally decided to have surgery on my right after dislocating last July on vacation. It was a relatively short surgery ~ only about 20 minutes to do a tendon release and move my knee cap over and tie it down. The pain, however when I woke up was excruciating! The nurse would only give me demeral and it didn't work at all. On a scale from 1-10, it was a 10. She gave me another shot a demeral and it just wasn't taking my pain away at all. This was at a surgery center and by this time everyone was waiting to go home and they couldn't release me until I could get up and leave. I was so fed up with the pain I asked her if she could give me dilaudid. She had to call Dr. Phelphs to get approval for that. I practically had to bed for it and she finally agreed to call when I told her that I'd had a double mastectomy with reconstruction and because I'd had diaudid I did not feel any pain ~ at all. I'm allergic to morphine so she was able to get me dilaudid and I was finally able to get up, get dressed and leave. It took Phil and three nurses to help me in the car. No immobolizer, just a gauze wrapped around my knee and no crutches. Even though the ride was short, it felt like it took forever. It took Phil and two neighbors to get me out of the car and onto the couch in the house. Oh my gosh the pain! It didn't get under control until late in the day. We found crutches in the garage so I used them to get around.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When a celebrity has breast cancer

I just heard the news that Harry Connick Jr's wife Jill Goodacre had breast cancer 5 years ago and that it was missed with a routine mammogram because of dense breasts. What happened to me is shockingly similar except that she was diagnosed at stage 1 and I was 2B. We both had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My breast cancer was missed in a routine mammogram in October 2013 because of a regular mammography machine. When I went in December 2014 (yes I know I was 2 months late as I'd been putting it off) I was one of the first to use the new 3D machines and that's how it was detected. If it had gone undetected again in 2014 I would have surely been at stage 3 or easily stage 4 by the time it would have been diagnosed in 2015. Something Jill said resonated with me and that was that she has been and is currently on Tamoxifen which has made her gain weight and feel more round. I can certainly relate! Her saying that validated how I feel. Tamoxifen clearly causes weight gain. My oncologist told me that was one of the side effects as he was writing the prescription. More on that later.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pinktober is over

I am glad that breast cancer awareness month is over. I didn't participate in much except a fashion show called Hope on the Runway. It was a benefit to raise funds for Susan G. Komen. I've always wondered how much actually goes to research for a cure and I have since learned that only 10% goes towards finding a cure. So many companies buy pink products ~ everything from pink sneakers to pink Christmas ornaments. I've always wondered how much is actually handed over for research. I didn't do the walks in October but I was asked to be in two fashion shows. One I was able to make and had a lot of fun and the other I wasn't able to make. I just wish we find a cure!

Post about breast cancer

Our life stories have to wordlessly echo the story of redemption—and make it easier for others to live that same tale. Thank goodness God is always ready to help us improve our story-telling techniques (and to rewrite those places where we fail)! It has been a challenging year to say the least. Diagnosed with breast cancer on January 9th my life was propelled a series of unending doctor appointments. I wish I would have written in this blog about the steps I went through but I couldn't think back then and was exhausted most of the time. So I'm going to attempt to catch up now and try to piece together my story now since diagnosis. I'm going to try to catch up because I want to be able to look back on this as a success story and have it all in writing so my children can see what I went through. They only saw on the surface level what I went through. But not the day to day stuff because they were in school. I will write more later.