Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Kind of Cancer Is It?

So when the dr told me I had cancer I went blank and couldn't ask any questions. I called back that evening when I was home and had got a little more composure. I had my mom talk to the nurse to find out the exact type. She said it was Invasive Ductal Carcenoma Grade 3. I got kind of confused and told a few people it was stage 3. So if you are reading this and thought it was stage 3 its not, its grade 3 (sorry for any confusion, don't know where my head was...haha). I do not know what stage it is yet. But I do know that there are 3 grades with 3 being the most aggressive.

I met with the surgeon on Friday the 16th. He seems to be very smart and genuinely concerned. He said that the tumor was small, right at one centimeter, so hopefully no lymph node involvement. He told me I would defiantly have to have chemo. I'm not looking forward to that at all. He said before we could plan any surgery that I need to have genetic testing to find out if I'm a carrier of the breast cancer gene. I met with her yesterday she was great, I should receive the results in two weeks.

I had to go for my MRI on Monday and it was unsuccessful. The dye that they use did not light up like its supposed to, so I had to go back and endure that lovely thing again today. I should find out those results in a few days.

I did learn yesterday that it is triple negative. This means that the cancer does not respond to hormone therapy so it is treated differently. If my genetic testing shows that I carry the cancer gene I will defiantly have a double mastectomy. If I do not have the gene it is my decision whether I want the mastectomy or lumpectomy. I have a lot to think about and pray about. I have always said that I would just get them old things removed and get me a brand new set of big ones. But its a little easier said than done. I know God will help me make the right decision.

The next few days I have no dr appts or any plans other than sitting back with my feet up and relaxing. I will meet with the oncologist next Tuesday on the 28th. I'm trying to keep my head up and stay strong. I know this will be a long bumpy road but I'm ready for the ride....I think!!!

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. Psalm 138:7

1 comment:

  1. they told me i had breast cancer 6 years ago i had a lymnectomy done had to have radioation treatment every day for 8 wks. my daughter wanda was with me all the way she had to help me put my clothes on because i had feel had work the week before i was suppose to start my treatments and crushed my wrist now i am cancer free so far i hope you have someone to be there with you while you go thru this that will make all the difference. hope all goes well for you. thinking of you while you go thru this