Yesterday we met with the Oncologist. We had a full house — Mom, Dad, Hubs, Breast Care Navigator, Social Worker, and a Med student. My oncologist immediately put us all at ease, joking with us, and making us smile and laugh.
He gave me my full diagnosis, complete with stage:
Stage 2 Triple-Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
What does that mean, you ask? Let me dissect it a bit …
- Stage 2 is good. It means it hasn’t spread outside of my breast, except maybe a lymph node Yay!
- Triple-Negative means that it isn’t caused or affected by my hormones. So, I am not a candidate for hormone therapy. It also means that it is a very aggressive type of cancer.
- Invasive means that the cancer cells have gotten greedy and spread outside of a single milk duct.
Beginning November 17, I will undergo approximately six months of Chemotherapy. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is known to benefit from Chemotherapy prior to surgery. After the Chemo, I will have a mastectomy followed by radiation.
Likely effects will be hair and weight loss. The entire process will be close to one year.
We thank everyone who has offered kind words of support during this time. The last ten days have been mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. I plan on using this weekend to process some of my emotions, so that I am ready emotionally and mentally to fight.
I apologize for the overly factual nature of this post. My mind is so taxed that I’m not quite able to form many emotional thoughts. I am sure they will come to me shortly.
Int he meantime, hang tight … I’ll post more soon.