More Decisions To Make…

I met with my OB/GYN yesterday. It was the first time I’ve seen her since she ordered my annual mammogram last year. My oncologist was wonderful at keeping her in the loop and sending her all of my test results so she knew about my breast cancer. I expressed my concern that I still haven’t … Continue reading More Decisions To Make…

Ready to Reconstruct

I had a lot of issues with my mastectomy with partial reconstruction – so many that after about a month of extra ER visits, appointments with my surgeon, hospital stays, and extra surgeries that I finally had the expanders removed.  I am the exception and not the rule, but the pain I endured for almost … Continue reading Ready to Reconstruct

Should You Take the BRCA Test?

Recently I spoke with a young woman whose mother died of breast cancer at a young age. She is in her early 30s and trying to decide if she should take the BRCA mutation test. I am not a doctor (and don’t play one on TV), but I gave her my personal opinion…She asked me … Continue reading Should You Take the BRCA Test?

Meeting My Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon

Finally, almost a month after my breast cancer diagnosis, I got to meet with my new breast surgeon and plastic surgeon today! First, I met with the plastic surgeon. He’s a very bright and knowledgeable surgeon.  We decided that my best option for delayed-immediate breast reconstruction was tissue expanders. So, basically, my plastic surgeon will place … Continue reading Meeting My Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon

More Tests, More Waiting

My oncologist gave me a Breast Cancer Gene Test (BRCA). It was a simple blood test, but due to the complexity, it takes about 2 weeks to get the results.  So we go ahead and scheduled my follow up for March 7th to get the results. He also ordered a PET scan, chest MRI, chest X-Ray and bone … Continue reading More Tests, More Waiting

The BRCA Results Are In

March 7, 2016 – the day I’ve been waiting for since my first appointment with my oncologist on Feb. 19th- my BRCA results are in. Today is the day that I will know what treatment I will be getting.I prayed and prayed for negative BRCA results. Me winning a billion dollar lottery was more likely … Continue reading The BRCA Results Are In

Meeting with Breast Surgeon #1

I met with a breast surgeon, she was very friendly and knowledgeable and I really liked her. She explained to me my options: Lumpectomy: I could have an outpatient surgery where they would remove the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue then I would have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy. Unilateral Mastectomy:  This would be … Continue reading Meeting with Breast Surgeon #1