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Stage 0 To Stage 1 In Just 2 Weeks. How Can This Happen So Fast?

Stage 0 To Stage 1 In Just 2 Weeks. How Can This Happen So Fast?

Biopsy samples all showed DCIS. Had lumpectomy and the pathology report came back, LCIS, DCIS and IDC, Invasive ductal carcinoma. So, it went from being non invasive to invasive, in a short amount of time. They want me to have a lymph node biopsy now. Has this happened to anyone and has anyone had a lymph node biopsy? Any information or comments is appreciated.

I'm a mess. I don't know how all you women out there handle all this. After reading many of your stories way worse than my… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

@A MyBCTeam Member: Ok let's just pump the brakes right there, because you, lovely lady, are in NO WAY, shape, or form WEAK!! This is an incredibly difficult, mind-blowing, life-altering thing, and you are handling it the very best you can. If it were your best friend standing next to you going through this instead of you, would you be calling her "weak"? Hell no. You'd be doing everything in your power to reassure her, comfort her, encourage her, and support her. And now it's the time for you give that same level of love & reassurance & encouragement and support to yourself - because why are you even one bit less deserving??

I understand how you feel - I was dx with what I was told was one small 1.6cm tumour. I had no family history and knew nothing about anything, so I figured "ok cool - we'll pop it out and all will be good". Had my mastectomy, got my pathology, turned out I had 3 multi-focal tumours, one almost 4cm, and out of 6 lymph nodes removed, 3 were positive. So I jumped from stage 1 to 2B. I did chemo, had a lymph node dissection, radiation, an oophorectomy....and now 3 years out I'm a happy unicorn, feeling just fine.

Believe me when I tell you that the beginning part of all of this is the WORST - it feels like so much, so fast, it's like the whole world just got shoved violently off its axis. But also believe me when I tell you that you can - and you WILL - get through this. All you need to do is take deep breaths, and take everything as it comes just one day, one appointment, one treatment, one deep breath at a time. You can do it.

As an added bonus you now have the worlds greatest "Shitty Titty Committee" sisters right here with you to help you, offer advice, give you tips and/or a shoulder to cry on, cheer you on and even (hopefully) make you laugh, every single step of the way.

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure - remember that! It's time to square those shoulders, straighten that crown, stare that cancer straight in the eye and then kick its evil, insidious ass right to the proverbial curb, like the fierce, resilient, cancer-killing Queen you are!!

Sending a bazillion great big warm and squishy unicorn hugs your way!! Go get 'em, girl!!! πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„

Oh and P.S. - lay off Dr. Google. It's so tempting, I know - but there's a lot of generalized, fear-mongering crap online that will only send your anxiety through the frickin' roof- and you dont need that right now. Your mental/emotional health goes hand-in-hand with the physical -so take care of it all πŸ’•

posted 3 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Yes, I was diagnosed IDC as well. It is possible for cancer cells to travel through the lymph system. So, they will biopsy the lymph node closest to the invasive tumor to check for any tumor cells. My biopsy was negative. When we went in for the surgery, they started with a dye procedure. They injected a dye near the tumor , and waited to see which lymph nodes cleared the dye away. Those "sentinel nodes" would be the most likely to carry any cancer cells, and fortunately, the three they identified were all negative as well. Whatever is coming next, believe that you are strong enough to handle it- because you really are! You will just tap into some strength you just never had to reach for before. It is there! BTW- Christopher Robin was one bright kid!!

posted 3 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

@A MyBCTeam Member: Every decision you make in general can mean life or death when you really think about it - get on a plane, it might crash. Cross the street- might get flattened by a bus. Eat a grape- might choke. But the point is that stressing incessantly over bad things that COULD potentially happen does nothing to change what WILL happen - it only robs you of whatever peace and joy there is in today. Breathe. It's ok not to be sure of everything - none of us ever is. All you can you is put your faith in yourself and your medical team, and carry on one day, one deep breath at a time. And there's nothing wrong with a little prescription help for your anxiety & depression - it's wise and important to treat your mental and emotional health as seriously as you do the physical - as they all go hand-in -hand.

Sending a bazillion great big unicorn hugs your way, lovely lady πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„πŸ’•πŸ¦„

posted 3 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I also went from 0 at my Lumpectomy to 2-1 when I had more Ca in my breast and lymph nodes. Had a Mastectomy on April 6th and now I’m doing well. Will need Radiation for my underarm soon. You are on a journey with many people here and it will be okay!!

posted about 2 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I as well was told I was probably early-stage Stage 0. I had a lumpectomy and dye was put in and no dye showed up. He took out 10 lymph nodes- 3 came back Ca cells and my report said there was still CA in the breast --scheduled for more lumpectomy surgery om 4/6. I said take it all- I will have a port put in and another drain. Meet with Oncologist on 4/5 to discuss Chemo. ALL hard to digest- just decide YOURSELF how much treatment/surgery you want. Remember everyone is different and what one of us plan may not be yours. Good Luck.

posted 3 months ago
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