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.