Survivor since 2007
We share the same diagnosis.... same size tumor, same type of breast cancer. I also had one micro involvment of a lymph node. They kept telling me I did not have cancer in any of my lymph nodes... until the surgical path report came through. I then went from a stage 2A to a 2B. I am at the 5 year mark.... healthy and cancer free. I was ER+ PR+ Her2-. Grade 2-3 I chose to have a mastectomy, and chose not to have reconstruction.
I could have had a lumpectomy. With a lumpectomy, I would have had to not only have chemo but 6 weeks of radiation. I did not want to have to make trips into the city for 6 weeks. (we live on an island and a trip includes a ferry ride) My breasts were small so a lumpectomy would have made my breast look like I had tangled with a great white shark. NOT attractive. I had 4 rounds of AC chemo. and 5 years of a hormone blocking drug. I was post menopausal (59) at the time of diagnosis. No family history of breast cancer. I had dense breast tissue and I had a mammogram and ultrasound 7 months before I found the lump. I was in total shock.
You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. We are very sorry you have joined our sisterhood, but this is a wonderful forum. We will help you by sharing our experiences with you. Don't be shy about asking anything. So sorry you were diagnosed but PLEASE understand, breast cancer is not a death sentence. Please don't go to the dark side and ask "What are my chances?" (winning the lottery? having all your teeth drop out the night before Thanksgiving?) We don't have expiration dates stamped on us! You will be scared at first, but we are here to help prop you up through the diagnosis time and throughout your treatment. The more you find out about your diagnosis and your treatment, you DO find some comfort in knowing what is going to take place. You WILL become such a warrior and march your way right through getting rid of this nasty, sneaky, disease. Hang in there, we are here for every one of our sisters. Take care, Sharon