An Advocate for Mammograms

As I have no family history of breast cancer, early detection is my savior. I am now a breast cancer survivor with hope of being there for my family now and in the future. Here's my story on entering the world of breast cancer. On 18 Sep 09, age 50, I had my annual mammogram which indicated microcalcifications in my left breast. My GYN scheduled a stereotactic biopsy, done 28 Sep 09, which indicated atypical lobular hyperplasia. I was then referred to a surgeon who explained that surgery was necessary. Agreeing, I had surgery on 3 Nov 08 with pathology indicating lobular carcinoma in situ which is a marker for cancer and putting me in a high risk category for developing cancer at a later date. My surgeon reassured me I didn't have cancer; however, he recommended an MRI and breast specific gamma imaging, done 8 Dec 08, to ensure my right breast was unaffected and to establish a baseline for both breasts. These tests brought bad news as they indicated a small solid mass in the right breast. Ultrasound biopsy, done 30 Dec 08, indicated atypical epithelial proliferation causing concern with my radiologist and surgeon. Surgery was recommended immediately on my right breast and was performed 9 Feb 09 with pathology indicating ductal carcinoma in situ. Unfortunately, this time the news was cancer. I was informed that radiation treatments would be necessary with a follow-up with an oncologist who I will see on 24 Apr 09 and who will most likely place me on medication. Between 18 Sep 08 and 24 Apr 09, I had were multiple mammograms, two biopsies, two lumpectomies, an MRI, breast specific gamma imaging, and 35 days of radiation. And, I have survived these various procedures/surgeries and I will continue to survive breast cancer.
Brenda
Hampton, VA