I am 51 years old. I am married and have a 16 year old daughter. I was diagnosed with stage 1 - IDC (invasive ductal carcinoma) breast cancer on 12-4-13. It started out Stage 0 - DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) the end of October. I had lots of tests done mammograms, ultrasounds and a MRI. My cancer dr told me it was a "hiccup" in my road. I had decided to have a lumpectomy on my right breast and a sentinel node biopsy on November 26, 2013. It was to be followed up with 6 weeks of radiation. I got the dreaded phone call the following week - good news and bad news! Good news it was not in my lymph nodes, bad news they were unable to get clean margins so I was told I needed more surgery. Not a hiccup anymore!!!! I met again with my doctor and now a plastic surgeon. They called me back a couple of days later and said the MRI showed something in my left breast. They wanted to do a biopsy. After a lot of reading, questions and soul searching I have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction afterwards - expanders and then implants. My surgery is scheduled for January 23! As of now they say I will no longer need radiation due to the mastectomy, but really won't know until after the test results come back from the left breast what will happen. It has been a roller coaster ride with my emotions and I HATE roller coasters!!!!!!
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