Cancer?? What??? This really can’t be happening to me. I am young (35) with three wonderful children and a loving husband. My life is finally getting on track and I am starting to enjoy where I am. There has to be a mistake.
Let me tell you about myself. I have three wonderful children ages 6, 2 and 7 months and I work as a special education teacher. After having my third child in November, I returned to work. I had decided to try to nurse for 12 months if I could. Then in May of 2010 I found a large lump in my breast. Thinking it was only a clogged duct I didn’t go to the doctor. After waiting for a little over a week the lump didn’t go away and instead seemed to get larger. I decided it was time to get it checked. I went to the doctor with the thought that it was just an infection and they would probably just give me an antibiotic. The doctor said it didn’t look like an infection but didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about. She wanted me to do an ultrasound just to be safe.
The next day I went in for the ultrasound. The doctor said that the large mass that I felt probably wasn’t anything but under the large mass was a troubling lump. He scheduled an appointment with a breast surgeon for the following day. When we met with the breast surgeon she wanted a biopsy of the lump. She said that there was only a 20% chance that it would end up being cancer. Lucky me I fell within that 20%. The biopsy reveled that the lump was invasive ductal cancer. However the good news was that it was only .9 cm. Then the surgeon said they would have to do a “blind” biopsy of the large mass because they didn’t know what it was. (I stopped nursing in hopes that the mass would go down) I also had to have a lymph node biopsy done. Both tests revealed that I had cancer in both. Another crushing blow. I then had a PET scan done to make sure the cancer hadn’t spread. Once more bad news. I had three spots on my spine and one on my hip bone. This now put me in stage IV breast cancer. So you may ask how does a healthy, 35 year old get cancer and have it spread so quickly? Apparently women who have children later in life can get breast cancer. It is known as postpartum breast cancer. The odds of a woman getting this type of cancer are 1 in 10,000.
This blog is to let and family and friends know what is going on and what I am doing to survive.