About Me: Female, 55, Westbury, United Kingdom, member since Oct 2008
I always described myself as being lucky but if someone had said to me, on the 18th of June 2008, that the next few months would prove to me just how lucky I am, I would have been outraged. No one gets news like I have just had and still feel lucky.
But, the next few months did indeed prove to me that I am probably one of the luckiest people alive…
I was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Lobular Cancer and because of the size and position of the mass (right behind the nipple) my left breast had to be removed. I opted for an immediate reconstruction of my left breast. This was done in July 08.
My good fortune came in many forms; I had one of the best surgeons to do my surgery; the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes; and, because the receptor type was estrogen, I did not require either Chemotherapy.
I also discovered that Cancer is a group activity; I had it, but it affected everyone around me in various and many ways. I discovered how loved I am and that being alive was more important to my husband and children than the appearance of my breast.
Today I am without the cancer, and although I cannot feel my breast, it looks alright! I even had a nipple created on Thursday.
Life is a journey and I am looking forward to the rest of the ride
Louette, I found your brief note on your experience while searching for info as my wife has recently been diagnosed with LCI. She has had a masectomy of the right breast and awaits the results of the anlysis on the lymph nodes early next week. To complicate matters a little we live in France and the operation has been conducted there. So as well as dealing with the array of terms , treatments, options etc we have to do it in two languages.
At the moment Alex has been told she should expect both chemo and radiation. She is particularly worried about the chemo. Do you have any guidance as to the critical issues she and I should evaluate.
Your posting was very helpful, I hope you have some thoughts.
PS Good luck for continued good health
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