Contributed by Lisa Bertolis
On January 31st, 2018 Lori went in for her annual mammogram and was told that they saw an abnormality which was believed to be lobular carcinoma in situ.
She was scheduled a biopsy on February 8, 2018. She received a call confirming that it was lobular carcinoma and was then scheduled to meet with a surgeon.
She was given a couple of options, but the doctor wanted to have an MRI done as well. In hindsight she sure is glad she did!
During the MRI they found a lymph node under her left arm that was irregular on the right side. So they decided to do another biopsy of the left breast and left lymph node on March 2, 2018.
Lori was also scheduled to meet with the breast reconstruction doctors on March 6, 2018. She was scheduled for her breast reconstruction for March 21, 2018.
And now the story changes...
The evening of the 6th while at home her doctor called and said the diagnosis had changed to Stage 3 breast cancer that had spread to the lymph node.
So the whole game plan changed. The mass in the left breast was 8.5 cm. Lori then was scheduled to do a PET scan on March 12, 2018 and to meet with the oncologist on March 13, 2018.
When she met with the oncologist she was informed that the cancer only was in the left breast and the left lymph node. As a result, the surgery is on hold, and she was told she would have to do chemo.
It really went fast from there...
She went to have a port put in on March 16, 2018, and her first chemo treatment was on March 19, 2018. She is having 4 chemo regimens every 3 weeks for 18 weeks and then 2 regimens that will continue for 32 weeks.
Lori will also have to do 5 to 6 weeks of radiation which will consist of going every day. The doctor has told her that after the 18 week treatment she should be able to do the double mastectomy with the reconstruction.
Cancer sure is not prejudice.
It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride for her. She is still trying to work during her good days but has not been able to completely work her 40 hours per week.
The bills still keep coming in. She knows she is blessed to have family and friends she can depend on. And she is so appreciative of the ones who have reached out to her!
More than 50% of the proceeds from all Fight the Fight purchases made during the month of May 2018 will be donated to Lori to help cover the cost of large medical expenses.
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