November 11, 2010 was the day that changed my life—my surgeon called to let me know that I had breast cancer. I had a large lump on the right side of my breast (which I found a few weeks before), but after my mammogram, we found there were also several small spots of high-grade DCIS in other areas.
Since my cancer was multi-focal, I decided to go with a lumpectomy/reduction combo. My plastic surgeon came in first and marked me up as though it were a routine reduction–my surgeon came in after and was allowed to take as much tissue as he needed. Then, my plastic surgeon came in and reduced my left breast to match the right. I had 8 rounds of AC/T chemo, then 28 rounds of radiation. My cancer was estrogen positive, so I began a 5 year regimen of amoxifen in July. I am the owner of a pair of much smaller breasts that have (thus far) not tried to kill me like my last pair did.
I will never be grateful for cancer, but I am grateful that I’ve found a voice and a strength inside of me that I never dreamed I had. I’m grateful for the love and support of my family and friends. My heart and my love goes to everyone who has been touched by cancer. I blog about my adventures at a little c.