A new development: I have a new doctor! I just got a new patient appointment with an integrative/functional MD who was recommended to me many years ago for women’s health. I called her a few weeks ago and gave up when I didn’t hear, but today is a new day!
I just scheduled an MRI for July 11 and will have a consultation with the surgeon shortly after that. It will be the six-month anniversary of my diagnosis. Much hinges upon the results.
I just returned home from a two-week meditation retreat and guess what: for those two weeks, I barely thought about my DCIS predicament. I wasn’t relentlessly preoccupied as I had been with thoughts of what might be, my next steps, constant research, etc., etc. I was able to set the whole thing aside. What a relief.
I spoke too soon about my mammogram results. Or should I say the story was not complete.
Yes, the disease is stable and has not progressed. That hasn’t changed, but I had an appointment with my natural doctor yesterday to discuss the results. Instead of his usual unconditional and helpful support, he began to hedge.
I had a follow-up mammogram this morning, my first since February. Actually, I had about six follow-up mammograms. That’s what it took to get a thorough view.
These are some of the more memorable quotes from my meetings with doctors and surgeons.
My primary care physician when he called in January to inform me of my diagnosis:
“It’s controversial, but it’s something that needs to be addressed. Maybe not right away, but I wouldn’t wait six months.”
Initially I was not averse to having surgery – if only it wouldn’t disfigure me. But that it most definitely would do. As of my last mammogram on February 9, five cm (2 inches around) of tissue needs to be removed. A lumpectomy is possible, but I’m on the borderline. Some doctors have advised me to get a mastectomy.
Did I already say I am not ready to consider a mastectomy – at all?
I thought you might be interested in some graphic imagery. I would not ordinarily post pictures of this particular body part of mine, but these are mammogram images shared in the interest of education. 🙂
I recently learned that I have breast cancer.
I was diagnosed on January 11 with a mild form of breast cancer known as Ductal Carcinoma In Situ or DCIS. It’s called “stage 0” because the cancer is contained within the milk ducts and by definition is not invasive. Left untreated, though, it’s believed that DCIS will become invasive.