I was diagnosed on August 7, 2012 with grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC). The most common form of breast cancer in the most aggressive class. At the time, I was 37 years old. Our son was 5 and diagnosed with autism two days later. Our daughter was 21 months old and still nursing.
My cancer i\was triple negative, chemo resistant and multi focal.
I underwent 11 chemo treatments between August and November (Taxol and A/C)
On November 29, 2012, I had a double mastectomy with tissue expander placement. We removed both breasts because although my tumors were all on the left side, my right side was full of pre-cancerous fibrous tissue. My largest tumor was 3.5cm and five lymph nodes were removed, all of which were miraculously clear.
On December 24, 2012, I restarted chemo (Carbo/Gem) for an additional six rounds. As soon as that was finished, I moved to radiation and received 28 treatments. I am still in the process of reconstruction.
This is my journey.