Here I decided to blog about my personal experience with cancer. When I was forty-two I volunteered to participate in a Canadian Breast Cancer study. It was a five year program. I was assigned to yearly mammograms plus diet information. The other group just filled out a written diet information form. In the third year of the study they found a few pin pricks inside an area about the size of a dime. I had a fine-needle biopsy and it was diagnosed as cancer. I had a lumpectomy.
Nine years later I had another very small lump in the same breast. The cancer had returned. My specialist was wonderful. We had a talk and he gave the choices – and included having another lumpectomy. (Which isn’t a choice, but he gave me control over my decision) When I went back he said that really wasn’t an option – which I knew. I had a mastectomy. I didn’t have reconstruction at the time, because I didn’t think it was that important. I didn’t have chemotherapy or radiation. I took Tamoxifen for the next five years. And so far I’m still cancer free.
I did have breast reconstruction after about five years. I got tired of my prosthesis falling out in the garden and at the gym. I also couldn’t wear anything with much of a neckline because if you bent over your prosthesis fell forward and gaped. I got should have done it at the time of my mastectomy.
I know there are many other women out there who have gone through breast cancer, or are going through it. I’d love to hear your stories. Please post them.
Or if you have any questions, please ask.