Not sure how many people stumble upon my blog, and if you are one of them I would like to say thank you for stopping by. I am not that interesting kind of a person but that is okay I believe every one is unique in their own way. Every one have a story to tell, that is why we are so unique in so many ways.
It has been a long time I did not write anything in my blog due to many reasons. Besides spending times with my family I am still active doing a part-time job at clixsense. Always nice to have extra cash you never know when you might need them.
About 2 months ago I was diagnosed with a stage 0 breast cancer on my right breast. It was a DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) which I did not expecting it at all, why me? I took it hard but I was soon realized that it is what it is I have to get through it no other choices. My radiologists made an appointment for me to see a surgeon. To be honest I purposely delayed my appointment by moving the date of the appointment to the following week, because I guess I am still in denial and do not want to face that I have to go through surgery to remove the cancer cell plus I am still recovering from the biopsied procedure.
I was so nervous the day I met with my surgeon and he explained what kind of cancer that I have. He said I am very lucky same as what my radiologists told me earlier, the day she told me the result of the biopsied she took, that I am very lucky to catch it early. The cancer cells were in my milk duct and he described is as a non-invasive breast cancer and the cells has not yet invade my breast tissues. I am truly lucky because it is treatable. I am so glad also there were no cells detected in my lymph nodes and no cancer cells in my left breast.
So here comes the treatment plan laid out in front of me by my surgeon. He explained what type of surgery which is consists of lumpectomy and mastectomy. Before I went and see him the whole week I spent in searching and research and chat and talked to other women that had been through it all and majority of them chosen mastectomy and some even regretted their decision for not doing the double or bilateral mastectomy because years after their cancer came back again. I do not want to go through that again have to make another decision.
From what I learned and from what my surgeon told me decision to do double mastectomy came in very easy for me. I am at peace with that decision. He told me since that I have Stage 0 cancer and there was no sign that I have cancer cell in my lymph nodes and the cancer cells has not yet spread to my breast tissues there will be no chemo or radiation treatment needed after the mastectomy. I was so relieved in knowing that. My decision to also remove my left breast the healthy side not easy but like I said no regret. I don't have to worry about mammograms and the possible biopsies procedure that I have to go through, none of those anymore make me happy and at peace though.
October 1, 2015 was my chosen date for the bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction surgery and now I am still recovering. My surgeon only took one lymph node on my right breast and pathology result came back good, no cancer cell and the rest of my breast tissues also came back good.
I am still sores but it is getting better each day. Second week I find it hard. I still have constant burning sensation on my chest from the surgery every time I sit down or lying down and have to take over the counter pain medicines to ease the sensation though not really help me that much. Every now and then I felt this shooting pain, itchy crawly sensation on my wound and I am glad did not last long. I read it is normal, I just hope the burning sensation will be gone soon so I can be myself again. As I was sitting and typing this I can feel the throbbing sensation not pain just burning throbbing, good thing it is bearable. I guess this is a sign I need to sign off for now till later.
Last word from me for all women out there and men too, please, please, please go and do mammograms, it will save your life if you catch breast cancer earlier. I never done mammogram in my life until my husband nag me to go and that one and first mammogram boom! I found out I have cancer, I was very blessed that it was Stage 0 and now after the bilateral mastectomy I am cancer free.
Thank you for spending time in reading this and God bless you all!