Cathy H.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

On July 29, 2017 I noticed a lump in my right breast. It had only been 9 months since I had a mammogram. On July 31, 2017 I went to PCP and was ordered to get a mammogram and ultrasound immediately. On Aug. 1, 2017 I had my mammogram and ultrasound, the very next day a biopsy was ordered and scheduled. Aug, 2 2017 biopsy was done and I knew right away it wasn’t good. Sometimes you just know. On Aug. 5 I saw my PCP again and it was verified, YES I had breast cancer. It was diagnosed at triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. I saw surgeon on Aug 10, 2017 and we discussed options. Should we have surgery or see oncologist first. I indeed did see an oncologist and I decided to have 8 rounds of Chemo, every 3 week I was to get a treatment. My insurance took almost a month to pre cert this treatment. Started chemo on Sept. 5, 2017. I was extremely sick as my chemo was very aggressive. After my 3rd treatment I was hospitalized with severe bleeding and had to have 2 blood transfusions. I was hospitalized for 4 days and then continued with my chemo. After 4th chemo, my lump had diminished in size and they switched chemo to another kind. After 3rd treatment of Taxol, my lump had come back, bigger. My oncologist decided that I should see my surgeon and on March 1, 2018 I had a modified bilateral mastectomy. The surgeon removed all the lymph nodes (approx. 25) and 1 came back positive. The rest of the cancer was gone. Then I recovered and then underwent 33 treatments of radiation. On June 16, 2018 all my treatments were completed, and I am cancer free. It is now Feb. 12, 2019 and I feel great.

– Cathy H.