Survivor since 2007
We have all been where you are right now. I was also a stage 2 IDC and thought my life was completely over. Right now, is the scariest place....not knowing what is next. You will be having a million tests, many appointments before you start the treatment. Mine was a fairly aggressive bunch of cells but I marched through treatment and I am back to my normal life fairly quickly. Your reaction and thoughts are so very normal. There is a huge army of us out there, the survivors. The good thing about IDC is it is the most common type of breast cancer. It is not rare in the diagnosis of breast cancers out there... I am now 68, my life is full and wonderful. Please march through your treatment with your face into the wind. I was filled with a sense of power because I knew I would win this battle and I did. The wonderful characteristic you already possess is you willingness to connect with others. I see many women who go into themselves and carry this burden alone. It's a tough thing to go through but there are many of us out here who will help support you through the process. You WILL make it. Everybody's reaction to the treatments is different. I was on the side of the bell curve that wasn't all that bad. I chose to have a mastectomy, and not to go through the rigors of reconstruction, I only had 4 rounds of chemo. Since I had a mastectomy, I did not have to go through radiation. I had no pain after my mastectomy....not even an aspirin. I DID have cancer in one of my sentinel nodes but it didn't change the treatment plan. My final diagnosis, which can change after the final pathology after mastectomy was downgraded from a 2A to a 2B. It was all good. I was on hormone blockers for 5 years. (a pill a day). A lot of your treatment will depend if your type of cancer feeds off of hormones or not. You won't know that until after your final pathology.
You are being treated in a day when much is known about breast cancer and its treatment. You ARE lucky! Hang in there, you WILL make it, you WILL get your life back. We ARE here for you. I am 68, married, have 7 horses, active in community volunteer services. Live is good. Thank God, your breast cancer was discovered in such a treatable stage! You have much to be happy for. Take care, Sharon