My Surgery

My surgery was on Thursday, February 7th, 2019. The Doctor performs a single mastectomy of my left breast with 2/3 of the Lymph Nodes removed.   According to the Surgeon, the surgery was a success.

The surgery took about 4 1/2 hours and the complete tumor along with the Lymph Nodes was sent to pathology for further testing and to get more details of cancer.   The final results of the pathology will be discussed in my next post surgery appointment on February 20th.

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Oncologist Surgeon

I saw the Surgeon on January 2nd 2019 and she discussed with me my next step to fighting this cancer.  Dr. Hoover and the rest of the treatment team recommend doing a mastectomy because I was not a candidate to save the breast.   The tumor was still large and the chemo did not do much of a change to reduce it.

As she is telling me this, I felt so overwhelm ed and wanted to know if there is any other way to save the breast.  I felt like I am still young at 51 and without having a breast would be devasting to me.  I am very self-conscious with my body and going through this will destroy me and put me in a deep depression.

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Making A change On My Diet

After getting the news of my breast cancer, I started to wonder, how did I get it, was it from my diet, stress and the environment.  I did so much along with one of my brothers who stayed with me to help me get through this.

We researched about how food can contribute to me getting cancer.   So I completely changed my diet.   I actually started after getting the news of my cancer but it took a lot to be able to do it.   I started to eat healthier.

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Additional Screenings (MRI, CT Scan, Bone Scan)

The Oncologist Surgeon, Dr. Hoover puts an order to have more additional screenings to check and see if my cancer hasn’t spread to other organs and to the bones. The Doctor wanted to also have the MRI done to see if it is not on the other breast. All this is the start of an overwelming cancer fighting journey. So here we go again with more testing and poking.

The results of the MRI came back negative for cancer on my other breast but was concerning for the CT and bone scan. These tests showed that there was a suspicious lesion that was found on my spine.

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The Biopsy Results

The Biopsy Results confirmed that I had breast Cancer.

I had my biopsy done at Moffitt Cancer Center on April 27th, 2018 and the procedure was not painful. I was put in a room with the ultrasound machine and the core biopsy needle the Radiologist uses to do the biopsy. It took about an hour for the procedure and left with no complications and with a ice pack to put on my breast. I was told to wait about 3 days for the
results.

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The start of my difficult journey – (My Symptoms)

During the early month of February of 2018, I started to feel a lump on my left breast and it looked different because it also had a dippling but I didn’t think nothing of it since I’ve had a cyst in the past and it was benign, so I ignored it. By early March, I started to have some pain and it was radiating up to my shoulder and under my armpit. It was a cause for concern, so I made an appointment to see my primary care Doctor.

I was due for my annual mammogram so I did on April 12th. I remember the technician’s face when she was doing the mamogram. She had a concerned look on her face and deep down I had a feeling something was not right.

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