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,
Pam

Pam

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