My Mom

Cancer sucks–but it sucks less when you have someone who is always there for you and that person is my mom. My mom and sister moved up to Portland last summer. What I didn’t know then is that they moved here at just the right time. Fast forward to mid-February and my mom lost her … More My Mom

Port Install…. check!

Yesterday I had my port installed. I’m one step closer to chemo!!! Before I went to get my port installed, I had to go get an injection of Zoladex. Zoladex is a hormone therapy that shuts down the ovaries and stop them from producing estrogen so there is less estrogen to fuel the growth of … More Port Install…. check!

C is for Chemo

Sorry it took so long for me to write this–it has been a tough week. I met with my medical oncologist this week and he gave me the choice between “light” and “strong” chemo. I told him I wanted whatever chemo would make my cancer not come back. He said that there were some health … More C is for Chemo

Doomsday

I’m headed to the medical oncologist today. I will find out how much and what type of chemo I will be receiving. I am not looking forward to this appointment at all. It will be my first time to visit the oncology department with all the other sick people. I have a massive headache because … More Doomsday

I Have Cancer

Guess what? I have cancer. When my nurse navigator called me on Feb. 20, 2017 and told me that I had breast cancer, I broke down into tears. I was at work, going about my day. It was hard to catch my breath and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I felt … More I Have Cancer

Back To Work

I went back to work this week, after a two-week break. My surgeon suggested taking a week off of work, but with my egg retrieval the week before my lumpectomy, he suggested a two-week break. I thought that two weeks would be more than enough time for me to recover and handle a few things … More Back To Work

FML

I had a conversation with my endocrinologist this afternoon and I asked her some questions about carrying a future baby. She asked me how I was doing since the procedure and I asked her about one of my side effects–my face breaking out. She said to not worry and that it will clear up when … More FML

The Makeup of My Cancer

I went in for my post-op today and I got the pathology of my cancer. My Type and Stage of Cancer I have stage I, invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). What does that mean? According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, invasive ductal carcinoma are abnormal cancer cells that began forming in the milk ducts and have … More The Makeup of My Cancer