Less than 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis was a shock for myself as well as many medical professionals that I have encountered since. I’ve heard variations of: “This came as a surprise because you are so young.”, too many times. Words that aren’t as soothing as I know they are meant to be.
February 10, 2017 a light brush against my left breast revealed a lump that my primary doc felt and said, “Possibly it’s a cyst, but get an ultrasound to be sure.” The next day I got an ultrasound and the radiologist said, “It’s perfectly round, but it’s solid. Not a cyst. Could be a fibroid. Get a biopsy to be sure.” A few days later I went for the biopsy and just one day after that I received the surreal news: “The results have come back. The tumor is cancerous.”
Currently I am awaiting the results of genetic testing and (possibly) an MRI before surgery, though I have already decided on a mastectomy (not sure on whether that will be uni- or bi-lateral—undecided at this point) vs lumpectomy. The next step, I wish I had an option on, but I do not: 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 years of medications.
Thus far I have been navigating this reality as best as I can. I try my best to not get overwhelmed while educating myself on breast cancer and an overall healthier diet. And I truly have an optimistic view on my care and recovery.
Your donations will assist with my medical care as well as household expenses that won't take a break even though there will be days (possibly even weeks) when I must take a break from working as I recover from treatments.
Wish me luck, guys! :)