Written and Contributed by Michelle Bryant
My name is Michelle Bryant. I went for my yearly mammogram on May 9, 2014 and was told on May 12 that I need to come back for a follow up.
I had the follow up on May 14, had a biopsy on May 20, and was called at work with a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ on May 22, 2014.
I was so devastated. I met with the surgeon and was given my options. I had a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node surgery on June 5, 2014. I was originally told per protocol that I would have to do radiation.
On June 18, I met with the radiologist and was told I need 20 radiation treatments. However, if chemo was needed, chemo would be first. I met with the oncologist on June 19 and was told cancer is usually black or white and mine is in the gray area.
They ended up having to do four tests to determine whether I was HER 2 NEU positive and unfortunately I was. Because of being HER 2 NEU positive I have to do 18 chemotherapy treatments along with 20 radiation treatments, which I should finish next June or July because I go every 21 days for treatment.
Six of the eighteen treatments consist of 3 chemotherapy drugs, and then 12 consist of 1 drug. Thirteen days after my first chemo treatment I started losing my hair I found a Marilyn Monroe wig and decided to try it on because I thought it would be funny to play a joke on my daughter who loves Marilyn Monroe.
I decided not to take it home because it wasn't my color or style. As of today I have 4 out of the first 6 treatments completed and hope to be finished with this cycle on October 31st. Three weeks after I complete this cycle I will meet with my radiologist to start my radiation and will continue with the one chemo drug for the next 12 cycles.
I have been working during these treatments. I take a couple days off during treatment time and hope to continue working through all treatments.
It's definitely been an emotional roller coaster, but with the help of my family and friends I'm going to beat this. When life gives me a hundred reasons to cry, I show life that I have a thousand reasons to smile.
I look around and see that there is always someone less fortunate than me. I'm going to keep on fighting. Thanks for letting me be a recipient of Fight the Fight!
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