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Kansas Girl

Stage 1 Patient

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Kansas
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I went for my annual mammogram on August 9, 2012. Not worried about anything - just got back from vacation and was feeling good. Just another item to check off the list for the year. I was called back the next week that they needed additional views. I went back on August 17 still not very concerned. After the additional views were finished they took me directly in for an ultrasound. Uh oh, this is starting to be a little more serious. They didn't say much to me during the ultrasound and then let me leave saying my doctor would call with the results. The doctor's office called the next Tuesday and said I needed to have a biopsy done, but they couldn't get me scheduled until Sept. 6. Anxiety level is starting to increase at this point. I received my films and lab reports on Sept. 4 and spent the next two days reading them and looking everything up on the internet. Bi-rads score was a 5 - uh oh, now I start to freak out. During the biopsy the breast surgeon was sure it was cancer, confirmation came on Sept. 10.

I had a lumpectomy on Oct 22 -was fortunate to have clean margins. Had one lymph node removed and it came back negative. I was diagnosed as stage 1, grade 2, triple positive. I'm currently in the middle of 6 rounds of chemo, then will go to radiation.

I'm 42 - absolutely no cancer of any kind on either side of the family. Its been an absolute shock and I'm still trying to come to terms with this. I have a wonderful supportive husband and two kids 14 & 10 who have all been my rock.

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