2011 looked as if it was going to be a year full of health and prosperity. Unfortunately, grandma (Margaret) had to go in for a biopsy of a lump that she detected on herself about a month ago. She went in for the biopsy on January 3, 2011. It was a quick and somewhat painless procedure for her. They started with an ultrasound to find the placement of the mass. Once the mass was detected, they numbed her and then went in to obtain a sample of the mass. The only thing that she focused on during the procedure was the beautiful pair of diamond earrings that nurse was wearing. The procedure went well and they sent her on with her day.
On January 4, 2011 she received a call that no person ever wants to receive. It was a call from the hospital letting her know that the results of her biopsy came back positive for Breast Cancer. As you all can imagine this was a devastating time for her, but the hospital was very quick in wanting to start meetings to figure what would be her best treatment options. On January 6, 2011 she had her first meeting with a registered nurse who let her know that she has invasive ductal carcinoma. This type of breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed breast cancer among all cases. The type of cancer that she has began in the milk duct of the breast, thus the ductal. The invasive part means that the mass has broke out of the duct and into the surrounding breast tissue. She will be undergoing some more testing to figure out if the mass is thriving off of estrogen and progesterone, which will help guide the route of treatment taken. She is also going to be having a chest MRI done to get a better idea of the size and location of the mass. After these are completed, she will be meeting with an oncologist to get a better idea of the exact treatment route.
I know that Margaret is usually the communicator to the rest of her family, but in this time I wanted to give her the opportunity to relax and focus on getting healthy. I will continue to post with the most up to date information that I receive so we can all stay informed on her journey through this tough time. This can be used as her communication to everyone, so check back periodically and leave a reply to the posts with your well wishing because she will be looking at this as well. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Here is a link that may give you more information about the type of cancer that she was diagnosed with