Oct 03, 2012
My mother was diagnosed with stage-one breast cancer in the right breast in October 2009.
She has maintained a positive attitude and strong faith. She has never complained, and was always more concerned about the rest of the family.
After her diagnosis, she underwent lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At the end of her treatments, we were relieved that she had completed therapy with little complication. Although she had completed many cycles of chemotherapy she continued scheduled treatments with Herceptin® because her tumor was HER2 positive.In September of 2010, she had her annual mammogram, and much to our surprise there was a lymph node on the left. She then had a CAT scan that revealed a single nodule in the left lung. A left breast mass was not seen on MRI or mammography.She underwent a wedge resection to remove the lung nodule and left axillary nodal dissection.
Following recovery, she was treated with oral chemotherapy alomg with Herceptin. In the fall of 2011, another follow-up exam showed more lymph nodes on the left and a now a visible left breast mass. This time she had a bilateral mastectomy followed by more oral chemotherapy and Herceptin infusion. Imagine our surprise when we learned that she had more left lymph nodes in December 2012. She had surgery, with continuation of oral chemotherapy, Herceptin, and radiation therapy. She has since been doing well. She has maintained a positive attitude and strong faith. She has never complained, and was always more concerned about the rest of the family. My father deserves a tribute for being her number one cheerleader, supporter, and best friend. Her fight she has inspired me to take better care of myself and to take action to reduce my risk factors. It is often difficult to take care of self-first, but the reality is that you cannot give your best to anyone else unless you take care of yourself first. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
I hope that the information and conversation on this site inspires each of you. Additionally, I hope that many great relationships and forms of support are formed from the interactions on this site.
Jacquette Caldwell, MD