I’m a young breast cancer survivor, discovering strength as I look back at my experiences since my diagnosis.
STATS: Age 30 at the time of finding the lump, 31 at diagnosis.
DIAGNOSIS: Left side, “node negative”, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, with lobular features, Grade II disease, ER and PR+, Her2 -, Stage 2B, and with a multi-focal cancer measuring 5 cm or more.
TREATMENT: Immediate bilateral mastectomies and sentinel procedures, fertility preservation, 6 rounds of FEC-D chemotherapy, 25 rounds of adjuvant radiation 50 Gy to the left chest wall. 5 years of endocrine therapy including a daily aromatase inhibitor and monthly injection to prevent recurrence.
RECONSTRUCTION: I had delayed reconstruction surgery one year after radiation was complete. First, a latissimus dorsi flap and tissue expanders placed. Second, implants were placed and tissue expanders were removed. Third, and most recently, a single implant was exchanged with revision done to the left side and fat grafting placed on both sides, taken from the thighs.
I’m feeling well now, have a huge support group and love supporting others.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!