Learning About Breast Cancer
Hello ladies, first off, let me just say...keep fighting, no matter what...keep fighting. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on Jan 31, 2011. I was stage 3, the cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes. I also had her2new receptors. I began my chemo therapy almost immediately. After my first round of chemo, the 4 lumps in my breast and the 3 in my armpit had shrunk so much you could not feel them anymore. Yes, I still had breast cancer but the chemo worked right from the beginning. I had a bilateral mastectomy 6 days ago. I am almost sure you will have to have a mastectomy because the cancer is in the ducts of your breast. I opted to have both breasts removed because I didn't want to have the chance of getting breast cancer in my other breast and going through this again. I elected to have immediate reconstruction, I am 39 years old and personally, I would not feel complete without breasts. I was elated to learn that there was a law passed that required insurance companies to pay for reconstruction of breast cancer patients. I know I babbled but I wanted to just say that I understand you don't want to lose your breast but it's more important to your loved ones that they don't lose you. Your breasts are replaceable, you are not. That took me a while to realize but now, I wouldn't have it any other way. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and please remember, you are not alone.