After spending three beautiful days on the coast of Maine, I came home to news I feared: my biopsy was positive for invasive cancer. So this isn’t just DCIS anymore. It’s stage 1 or 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. The actual stage will be determined when the tissue is removed and sized.
When I had the biopsy, I asked the doctor about the difference between the first and second MRIs. He said the more sensitive machine reveals an incomparable amount of detail. It’s possible that the invasive area was there are along, he said, but the first MRI was unable to distinguish it from the DCIS tissue. Plus, the original biopsy didn’t pick up the invasive tissue because the needle didn’t go near that area.
I was hoping for better news, but I came to terms with the possibility of surgery over the past few days. Details tbd.
By the way, I heartily recommend the Maine coastline to restore and settle one’s soul. I was on Monhegan Island. What a beautiful place. The cliffs are breathtaking. I also went on a puffin cruise around Eastern Egg Rock Island. Such delightful little birds.