Learning About Breast Cancer
Elaine, I was diagnosed w IBC. I knew something was wrong in Aug (last year) but it took me 7 mo of going to different doctors to find someone that could see what I was describing, of course by then the signs were much more prominent, as this type doubles every 100 days.
I had chemo first, 16 rounds, once every 2 week ( by the end there were no more signs and symptoms) and then surgery ( w great results) and the radiation- tomorrow will be my last radiation! I had my PET scan today, I have a good feeling it will read great results as well.
Yes, when I first started this journey, I read the statistics and didn't really like them, so I decided they weren't for me...
I have done well through each stage! The most significant help was my support system, family and friends being there for me.
What can we do to make others more aware of this type? Tell people, tell everyone you know! I showed my affected breast to every doctor and/ or nurse I came in contact with-when I went for dermatology, port placement, ECHO, PET Scan....
A doctor in practice for women for 40 years had only seen this type of cancer once in his career!
Good wishes to you and your sister!
This is fantastic group of women! Very supportive and someone is always awake to answer questions.
Always feel free to continue to post your questions and concerns, you are not alone.