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My Battle with Breast Cancer

I’ve Got A Strategy!

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I am using the word strategy because I am now in a battle, and in order for me to win this battle I have to have a strategy and a good troop behind me. 

Yesterday, May 9th, I met with a big city surgeon and really, really liked him.  Actually, I really liked his whole staff.  They really seemed to care, genuinely care. 

We left his office almost giddy with excitement that we now have a strategy, and that the battle has begun! 

Here's the strategy:

Bone Scan & Lab work – check

CT Scans – scheduled for today

Injection & Scan of Lymph Nodes  – scheduled for next week

Surgery – scheduled for next week

Details:

I have decided to have a mastectomy of my left breast next Tuesday.  After I have completely healed from surgery I will begin my chemotherapy.  At this time, I do not know what kind of chemo I will have or how long I will have it.  After I have finished my treatments I will have a mastectomy of the right breast and reconstruction of both breasts. 

Tomorrow I will tell you a little more about my experiences with the tests I have taken, and my thoughts on how we, as patients, could be better prepared for these types of tests.