In November of 2015, right after my 39th birthday I found a small lump in my left breast. After having a mammogram, ultrasound, two biopsies and bloodwork. I was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC.) and it had spread to my lymph nodes. My pathology reports came in showing my cancer was ER+, PR+, and HER2 + and that I needed to now fall under the care of a medical oncologist and have a PETSCAN to see if the cancer had spread anywhere else. We found out the cancer was localized in the left breast and some left lymph nodes. On December 18, 2015, I met with my oncologist. He wanted to first treat me with 6 rounds of chemotherapy drugs called Carboplatin and Taxotere and I would also need to do infusions of a chemotherapy drug called Herceptin that targets my HER2 marker every 3 weeks for a year. My 6 rounds of chemotherapy treatments started on December 29, 2015. In April of 2016 I finished them and managed fairly well. I was able to still work (I teach 2nd grade) during my treatments. In May of 2016 I had a bilateral mastectomy and found out they did not see any tumor or remnants of cancer. As a precaution though, they wanted me to do 28 rounds of radiation which I finished in September of 2016. I had a few complications from surgery, an infection that I was hospitalized for and skin necrosis in which I had to have 2 additional surgeries to remove skin that had died. After my surgeries, I did 6 weeks of OT to get back my range of motion in my shoulder and chest. I have been taking an estrogen blocker called Tamoxifen to prevent recurrence and will continue to take it for 5 or 6 more years. I am currently 5 years in remission and doing great. I am living in Point Pleasant with my husband, 2 teenage boys, and 2 dogs. eat clean and healthy, and work out 3-4 times a week. I feel stronger and healthier than I have ever felt! My advice to any woman going through this is to find a great team of doctors who you feel comfortable with and who listen to your concerns and questions. Reach out to women who have gone through this, they will be your greatest source of support and will help educate and prepare you. Stay off the internet if you can, Google can be a scary place! Lean on the people who love you, people want to help and accept the help!

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