If you’d told me even a year ago that I’d be happy to get a cancer diagnosis, I’d have told you that you were crazy.
Yet here I am . . . . because it’s not the nasty cancer version I had before.
A routine 3D mammogram on August 5th looked suspicious so the radiologist ordered an ultrasound. I had that the same day. And the radiologist read it and told me it was “probably” cancer, that there was a 2cm tumor, and that the next step was biopsy. So I had a biopsy six days later, and it looked like it would be cancer. And today I got the pathology results which showed that is indeed cancerous.
BUT it’s not the (almost) triple negative I was diagnosed with almost 11 years ago. That required eight months of treatment: chemo, surgery, more chemo, radiation.
This time it’s the “most common” breast cancer according to my new surgeon (the last one retired). The buzz words of this invasive ductal carcinoma are:
- Grade 2
At some point I’ll look all of that up. But not today!
Today I’ll be grateful that surgery will take care of it. That NO CHEMO is necessary! That’s the real blessing. Chemo is awful.
And it’s more scary to have an aggressive cancer like the triple negative.
The surgeon’s nurse was supposed to call today to make an appointment for me to see the surgeon to talk through my options. But no call. So I’ll call tomorrow to get that scheduled. I know it will be surgery. But there are other considerations.
Treatments have improved since my cancer journey 11 years ago. I’m grateful for that.
And I’m so grateful this cancer is not triple negative. Yay for the common kind! It’s easier to treat.
I’ve had a lot of support, prayers and good thoughts coming my way. I know I’ll have support with the surgery and whatever else might come.
And I’ll go to bed tonight grateful that the routine mammogram found this and that it’s not the aggressive cancer and that surgery will take care of it.
So yes, finding out I have cancer again is turning out not to be so bad.
It’s all about perspective.
If you want to follow my journey, check here at this blog. I choose to blog about my experiences because otherwise there are too many texts and emails and all for me to keep up with. I can’t remember who I told what! And if I contacted everyone I meant to. So here you can check to see what I’m going through and what my plans are.
17 thoughts on “Breast Cancer: Round 2”
In our 🙏🙏🙏. Keep us posted . Blessings and ❤️❤️
Thanks, Cherry. I’ll be posting here pretty frequently.
Bless your journey! Pray a lumpectomy will cure!
Thanks so much!
Thank you for sharing, I will be thinking and praying for you along the journey and look forward to a quick recovery
Perspective! You always have the best perspective. I hate that you have to go through this Cancer thing again, but I’m thankful that it doesn’t seem that it’s gonna be as tough as the first go round. Keeping you in my heart pocket and in my prayers! Much love! ❤️❤️
Thanks so much, Kristina. I appreciate your love and prayers.
Greta there is no need for chemo – you’re right chemo is awful xx
Thanks, Tom. Interestingly, I’m not nearly as scared as I thought I’d be with a second cancer diagnosis.
You are adsolutely correct! It is all a matter of perspective. That is how I try to look at everything. When my son, Brian, almost died in a terrible accident back in ’98, that was my response to people. Some would ask me how I was making it with him being so critical. My response was….”I am trusting God and I am looking at it in perspective.” Whenever things are not the worst possible, there is always a perspective. Choose to look at that and not the worst that could possibly happen. That gives us hope. That is how I choose to look at everything. You are wise in doing so, too! My prayers for you will continue for a successful surgery and easy recovery. God will be with you throughout this journey as He always is. Much love to you!!! 💕🙏💕🙏💕
Thanks so much, Trellene. The Lutheran doctrine we grew up with emphasized Grace, and that’s what we depend on. Sure helps with perspective when we trust in Grace!
You got this, Krista! This is the cancer I had (but in both breasts at once.) It’s not a piece of cake, but it is manageable. Your situation is similar to mine: after what you have been through in the past, this journey is much less daunting. Following your blog, and continuing to walk with you!
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My momma found out she had breast cancer during the beginning of covid and I know it took a toll on her and our family but luckily it wasn’t a assgressive cancer and several surgeries later she is now cancer free! Prayers to you and your family, I hope everything during the surgery goes well!
Thank you! I’m happy to hear she is now cancer free. My surgery went very well and I’m now waiting on the oncotype genome testing results to see what the next part of treatment entails.