One morning mid September 2018 whilst having a shower, I discovered a lump in my left breast. As I was due to go on an overseas holidays a few days later, I did not get it investigated until my return mid October.
Then on the the 27th of Nov 18, after a mammogram (which showed nothing), an ultrasound and a fine needle and core biopsy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
A week later I received my full results; DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) breast cancer. A 3cm, grade 3 lump. Hormone receptor status = positive and HER2 status = negative. Stage 2/3; a proliferation rate of 20%.
Hormone Receptor Status
Because I have small breasts, my surgeon wants to conserve my breast and so I am having neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (chemo first), surgery – a lumpectomy and then radiation, which will take around 9 months. I decided to take the full treatment period off work as well to help with my recovery.
I have decided to document some of the things that I go through, tips and what my diagnosis means in the hope that it may help others.
None of what I write is medical advice, so please see a Dr. These are just what I am going through.