I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in May 2019, had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and finished treatments in February 2020. Then I had a routine mammogram in September 2020 and was told I have breast cancer again, in the other breast (invasive tubular). The good news is that this new cancer is boring and doesn’t do a lot (so I’m not expecting it to be in my lymph nodes at all). I have surgery tomorrow, where I will have a wire and a sentinel lymph node injection at the Cross Cancer Institute and then a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy at the Misericordia Hospital. Hopefully this will be the end of the breast cancer journey I’ve been on for the last 18 months! Having breast cancer twice has been difficult to process. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. I was so happy to have been done treatments in February before the pandemic, little did I know I wasn’t done. So I’m having a little anxiety this evening, as this is all hard to deal with. After surgery, once I’ve healed, I’ll be doing radiation for 25 sessions or 5 1/2 weeks. At least I’ve been through this before, and recently, so I know exactly what to expect. I am taking things one day at a time again. After getting all my energy back and feeling good this kind of feels like a pause again, but I’m hoping it’ll all go by fast so I can finally get on with my life.
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