Whether she’s your daughter, sister, mother, aunt, friend, or soon to be wife, we are all surprised, devastated, and heartbroken over this news. How is it fair? She’s the most loving, supportive, strong, spontaneous, and loudest laughing girl I know.
Even when times are tough, she’s happy for someone else and their good fortune. Even when her plate is full, she will drop everything to help someone she loves who may be going through a hard time. Whether you need a good laugh or cry, she’s our girl.
So, we’ve heard the bad news. She has invasive ductal cancer.
How about some good news! After visits with the surgeon, plastic surgeon, and the oncologist last week, there is a lot of confidence this will be 100% treatable, preventable, and (and possibly curable) with a bi-lateral mastectomy. From what we’ve seen, it doesn’t seem to be in the lymph-nodes, so radiation and/or chemo is not necessary at this time.
I’ll let her share the details, but here’s what I can tell you so far: A team of doctors will perform the bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction in the same surgery. All removed tissue and any removed lymph-nodes will be tested to determine if there is a need for chemo after the surgery. Praying for great results!
We are grateful for your love and support! Go Team Debbi!
Thank you!! her big sister Lori
Also here is a little note from Debbi she posted on her caringbridge website , this tells a little more of her story :
Well, I wanted to write and thank each of you for your kind words and well wishes. I have changed my mind about being so private about this because I feel like it can save a life. (3 of my best friends had their mammograms today in fact.) It is ironic this is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I was diagnosed on 10/2/17. My goal in sharing my story is to stress the importance of self examination along with a mammogram. Mammograms are VERY important. However, in my case, my mammogram did not detect anything suspicious. The only reason my cancer was even detected was from self examination. I felt something weird and went to my doctor about it. They sent me for a mammogram and the results still said no signs of malignancy, a clean mammo. Since I felt the lump, they decided to do an ultrasound right after the mammo. Well, not only did I have the lump I felt, but several others. So, 30 minutes after my mammogram said no suspicious findings, I was having biopsies performed. And yes, the results came back malignant. So, as private as I am, I am sharing my story and you can share my story too. If it can save a life, then I am happy to tell my story over and over again. I love you all and I am so grateful for your support and friendship
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