Friday, August 20, 2010

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face -Eleanor Roosevelt

I have come to the conclusion...My Boobs are Trying to Kill Me.
Today was the most informative Dr. Appt yet. If you are living in the Dallas area and need a good breast doctor, Dr. Canavan is the BEST! She is so kind, gentle, and talks to me like I am a friend. I just want to squeeze her and say I LOVE YOU!!!! So much love Dr. C, much love! Today I found out several things:

1. I have Stage 2 Cancer: This is the early stage. The tumor is 3.8 cm across.
2. The doctor’s office needs to change their posters on the wall that are named “Information on Breast Cancer”. The women on the posters look like men with deformed boobs and noses.
3. The cancer has NOT, I repeat has NOT spread!!! WOO-HOO HECK YEAH! Celebrate!!!
4. Biopsy’s hurts like crazy, got another one done on my left breast for a new spot they found yesterday on the sonogram.
5. The cancer is invasive. Meaning it has the potential to spread.
6. The set date to start Chemo is August 30 and it will be 4 months long.
7. I am looking at about a year until I am all healed up.
8. Two or Ryan’s Best Friends Ben and Caleb are getting Breast Cancer Awareness tattoos in my honor. Heck yes in my honor! Now how freakin sweet is that! :) I love you guys!
9. No matter how much I am eating I am not gaining weight. And YES ladies and gentleman I want to gain between 5-10 pounds. Unfortunately (this is the only time in my life I will say unfortunately) I am loosing weight. Not sure how because this is the third night in a row I just devoured a huge piece of cake.

A lot of friends have been asking how did I realize I had breast cancer? I wanted to share this with everyone because it is important to know the signs and to get yo’ self checked!

On a brisk Tuesday evening… just kidding… One day I was relaxing on the couch with my two hunnies, Ryan and Aston. I just felt my breast (it’s a girl thing I am sure all of us girls do that) and there was a hard lump. About 1 cm big. To make a long story short I told my regular physician and she checked it out. She told me NOT to worry it was not breast cancer. Then she referred me to Lewisville Medical Center for an ultrasound on the lump. The radiologist there assured me I was too young to get breast cancer and not to worry it was NOT breast cancer but did tell me to get a biopsy done ASAP. With this being said, I had an easy feeling in my heart and believed both doctors. Ryan’s mom, Deb, stayed on my butt and I finally got a biopsy appointment. I was not worried about it but she and Ryan were. So biopsy results came back and I have cancer. It does not matter how old you are. You can get breast cancer. I have not found any statistics on women in their 20’s but I do know that women in their 30’s have a 1 in 257 chance of getting breast cancer and a woman in her 50’s has a 1 in 37 chance (Brown & Freeman, 2007). Two professionals may have told me that I did not have breast cancer but they were not breast specialist. Even my regular doc told me I did not have it. So all you gals out there make sure you are getting several opinions if you find a lump in your breast and in my opinion, by a breast specialist. And always check your boobies. Until next time my friends… fight like a girl!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

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