Hi All, I'm Kimberly and was recently diagnosed with two types of breast cancer. Here is my story.
Sometime in May of 2017, I noticed a large dimple on my left breast. I brought it to the attention of my fiance, Travis, who was concerned after feeling a lump. Almost immediately, I made an appointment with my OBGYN,
After a breast exam in her office, she scheduled me for a sonogram and a mammogram. There on the screen was the lump that both my fiance and doctor felt.
The findings at the Imaging Center was enough to schedule me for MRI's and Biopsies. My first biopsy came back positive for Invasive Ductual Carcinoma, grade 2. The MRI showed more smaller masses which led to three more biopsies, one of which was positive for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.
Here I am, 32 years old and diagnosed with HER2+, HR+, ER+, Stage 2B, Grade 2 breast cancer. And to top it off, I hand the genetic testing done to be sure, and I'm positive for the CHEK2 gene. This pretty much means my chances of breast cancer recurring is 20-30% now, and increases over time.
My doctor's recommendation is twelve weeks of Chemotherapy, Bilateral Mastectomy, and reconstruction. And possibly also radation.
I started my twelve rounds of chemotherapy on August 8th, and will go every Tuesday for treatmemts.
After Chemotherapy and our wedding, which is still planned for May of 2018, we will be meeting with a Oncologist in Boston that specializes in fertility. Since my Cancer journey doesn't end in the operating room.
I'll have to be on maintenance medications for ten years, with the exceptions of when I am with child.
We are asking for assistance with medical bills and living expenses, since I am unable to currently work full time. And will be completely out of work for the Mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries. (Three part Surgery.) My surgery has not yet been scheduled, but maybe November/December of this year.
Any little bit will do. We appreciate your help. Thank you!
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