Jennifer is a 1996 graduate of Gillespie High School. She is happily married and is a mother to Becca (5) and Liam (4). Before her diagnosis, she worked full-time in the area of human resources. This is her account of her story.
I never imagined what it would be like hearing the words "I'm very sorry honey but you have cancer" followed by "don't worry, we are going to take really good care of you."
Let me start from the beginning: After having pain under my arm for a few month, I mentioned it to a friend and decided it was either part of getting old, or it was from lifting the kids. However, it didn't go away. I then got pain in my left knee that was keeping me from walking up steps well.
My husband, Jamie, said I should get my knee looked at before vacation. I agreed and made an appointment right away. At the appointment I mentioned to the doctor that in addition to my knee, I have had this pain under my arm for a while but I wasn't sure if it was anything.
My doctor did a breast exam and found a lump. So she ordered blood work, a mammogram, and an ultrasound. The blood work came back with slightly high levels but still "in the normal range." I had my appointment with Radiology on June 30th, 2016 for the mammogram and ultrasound.
At the end of this appointment they said that they didn't think it was cancer but wanted to do a biopsy just to be sure. They assured me that they didn't see any reason for urgency, so we scheduled the procedure for July 5th, 2016.
On Thursday, July 7th, 2016 around 10am I got the news I never imagined. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with a minor component of Ductal Carcinoma...long isn't it!
Short version of the story = Breast Cancer! Right now they say stage 2.
Since July 7th, Jennifer has had a lumpectomy as well as a follow up surgery. She is scheduled to begin chemotherapy and radiation very soon. Her husband has taken a family medical leave in order to care for their children and to support Jennifer at the many doctors appointments.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
- Jennifer & Beth
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