Pendant #1,025 – Facing Adversity Head On

May 10, 2023 | Cancer Warrior, Faith, Illness, Other Stories, Overcoming, Support

On March 29, 2023 , I was diagnosed with  stage 2,  multicentric right breast grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma with associated grade 2 ductal carcinoma in situ, ER+, PR+, Her2-, Ki67 15-20%. I need a bilateral mastectomy (Dr Tuttle) and I am opting for a double mastectomy which is scheduled for May 2. I will get the DIEP flap reconstruction (they take abdominal skin/fat/lipo to fill breast cavity, plastic surgeon Dr Markov) and will have a total of 3 surgeries. May 2 double mastectomy, 5-12 wks later DIEP flap, 3+ months revision.  Chemo (Dr Jain) will depend on the pathology of from surgery and MRI results.  I am scared for the surgery,  but I have peace with the treatment plan.  This feels surreal and happening so quickly. I have good days when I can compartmentalize like a pro and others days when the grief and sadness are very heavy. I am thankful  for a favorable prognosis and that it was found early with a routine mammogram on March 10, and  repeat mammogram & ultrasound March 15, with biopsies on March 28, 2023. I have had to overcome many obstacles and adversity throughout my life and I know that is another one of those moments. This is part of my journey, and like other parts of my journey I’d rather have skipped, I have to face this head on. I know that I cannot do this without the love and support of my family and friends near and far. I am beyond thankful for everyone in my life, because you make me a better human with your love and support, and I know that God has me in the palm of His hand. Thank you for the prayers, good vibes, thoughts, kind words, positive energy, and support.
Warmest regards and blessings,


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