Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Treatment Plan

I was all set to hear from the Oncologist that I would need a few weeks of radiation and then back to work! Boy was I in for a surprise…….I needed 8 cycles of chemotherapy (about 6 months), 5-6 weeks … Continue reading

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Meeting the Medical Oncologist

We had heard wonderful things about this Oncologist so we had high expectations…..I think one of my expectations was that he was going to figure out how to completely eradicate the cancer from my body without chemo. Sitting in the office I … Continue reading

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Research, research, research!!

I had become even more of a googlemaniac than just a few weeks prior.  After all, I had to get prepared!  What if I had to have chemo?  I needed to know……side effects (aside from the hair loss and the vomiting); … Continue reading

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Being Thankful

After the pathology report, we had so much to be thankful for…..first of all, we were thankful that of all the cancers out there, I was blessed with breast cancer, which is the most well-known, well-researched, and well-treated cancer.  Secondly, … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Pathology Report…

Good news first……my lymph nodes were clear so the cancer had not spread yay!  And the Oncologist was satisfied with the margins around the tumour so no extra surgery woo hoo!!! Not-so-good news…..my cancer would not respond to hormone therapy … Continue reading

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Surgery

I was going in for a partial mastectomy and a sentinel node biopsy.  It was day surgery (can you believe it!).  I was not fearful of having surgery, as I had had abdominal surgery at 15 and a c-section at 30 and … Continue reading

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Preparing for Surgery

We met with the surgeon.  He seemed quite non-chalant about the whole thing.  He felt my boob and figured that the tumour was actually closer to 3 cm, so based on that he would remove all my lymph nodes and … Continue reading

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Work

Thankfully, I had an incredible support system at work, and my colleagues knew step-by-step what my journey entailed. As soon as my diagnosis was confirmed and I had a date for my surgery, I wrapped things up at work.  I … Continue reading

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Telling Everyone

Telling the two sets of parents was the most difficult, but both sets were very positive and supportive; they wanted to make sure I had the best treatment and they promised the best support.  Telling all the siblings was a … Continue reading

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The Kids!!

We had to tell the kids…….they knew I had had a test, but they really had no idea about the diagnosis.  Since I had already cried my tears, we both approached the kids with a matter-of-fact attitude.  Mom has cancer.  … Continue reading

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