Results Are In

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.

15 thoughts on “Results Are In

  1. I’m rooting for you Kathy, whatever path you take as you learn more. I’m sending healing your way. Hugs

  2. Gosh! Sending virtual hugs.

    Maine, salt water and crashing waves can help in many situations. Happy you were able to bask there a bit.

  3. Glad you had a wonderful time in Maine, Kathy. But bummer that you came back to this news. Knowing you as I do, you’ll put all your energy into fighting this I’m rooting for you. 😘

      1. Kathy,
        One of my coworkers was just diagnosed with 8mm of IDC and is headed to Piper Cancer Center in Minneapolis and also Mayo for treatment opinions this week. She is at Mayo on Wednesday and I am there on Tuesday for a Survivorship Clinic visit. It will be interesting to hear how your cases are handled at the different medical institutions. Keeping you in my thoughts!


  4. Very sorry to learn about this diagnosis!!! ThanK goodness you create wonderful holidays/retreats!! Sending healing energies and daily prayers…love you…

  5. I am so sorry to hear that this is what they found. With all that you have been doing, I was hoping for a reversal. I guess there is no way to know if there actually was improvement since the first MRI didn’t reveal what was actually there. My heart is with you for whatever your choices may be; I realize that none of this is easy. I have my last test of the summer on August 3rd; do you want to try for a get-together after that?

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