Most of you know that I was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in February, 2009. I found the lump because I was breastfeeding our baby at the time. I opted for a bilateral mastectomy and then waited three months for the pathology. We learned that I have a very rare form of cancer called “adenoidal cystic carcinoma.” When found in breast tissue, this type of cancer does not seem to spread. My oncologist was thrilled to tell us that I needed no other follow up treatment.
Four months later, I started having pain in my right side. I ignored it for another few months until I couldn’t stand up long enough to get dressed in the morning. Initial blood work and a biopsy confirmed that the breast cancer had metastasized to my liver. When we saw the scan, we were shocked to see that I had very little healthy liver.
immediately began a
regimen of weekly
We know that I will never be cured of cancer, and I will also need to have some kind of chemo maintenance for the rest of my life to suppress the tumors, but we are determined not to live in fear. As my wonderful oncologist, Dr. Romond, said, “You are not a statistic, you’re a person.”