I'm posting another TRUST post today instead of on Sunday, because I have information to share that I know many of you have been waiting to hear.
I finally had a consultation yesterday with my Oncologist.
Here are the facts:
- This is a NEW cancer, totally unrelated to my first cancer from 6 years ago.
- The cancer is Stage 0 - which means it is currently non-invasive. (This is good news because my first cancer was stage 2.)
- The cancer is High Grade - which means it started growing quickly, and will continue growing quickly. So, even though it is currently Stage 0 (non-invasive), it could quickly change into invasive if it is not removed.
- The cancer is 97% Estrogen Positive, which means Estrogen is what is making it grow.
- The cancer is also 1% Progesterone Positive.
- The best course of action is a mastectomy. I will be seeing my surgeon for a consultation on December 20th.
- I will not be needing any kind of bone scans or PET scans before surgery. I will not need to have them done at all, unless the pathology report after surgery contains new information that would require more testing.
- I have been taking Tamoxifen for the past 5 1/2 years in order to block the estrogen my body makes. If I had not been taking it, this new cancer might have happened a lot sooner than it did. However, it is apparently not working on me as effectively as it should. So, my doctor told me to stop taking it.
- After my surgery, I will begin taking a different medication (I don't know the name of it yet) that should hopefully be more effective.
- If all goes as planned, and they don't find any "surprises" in my pathology report, I will not need chemo or radiation treatments.
How is this affecting me?
- I'm experiencing what you might call "processing mode." I have received all the information, and now I am working through different thoughts and emotions. Even though I have had cancer before, its not any easier this time around.
- I am so thankful this cancer was caught early. Things could be much worse!
- At the same time, I'm feeling a bit "down"about needing to go through another mastectomy.
- I am also wondering what is making ME so prone to this type of cancer, especially since I have no family history of it. (My dad had prostate cancer, but that's not quite the same). I want answers, but the answers may not be revealed in my lifetime.
- Through it all, I'm still TRUSTING in God's plans for my life, and I know He will be there to help me and my family through this.