I had a biopsy on Tuesday and went to the doctor today to get the official news. The cancer is in my lymph nodes under my left arm and above my collarbone on the right side. Apparently there are other suspicious areas as well, but just in the lymph nodes.
The next step is a visit with my oncologist to formulate a plan of action. She is going on vacation next week and I'm really glad that she was able to squeeze me in this afternoon. I didn't want to have to wait an extra week to get started. I will be having chemo, but not sure yet what kind and how often. My guess is that it is going to be an indefinite situation and that they will just switch it up as needed. I'll learn more this afternoon.
This time, I plan to get a second opinion. I have absolute trust in my oncologist, but I know that there must be someone, somewhere that is a specialist or is studying my particular kind of cancer. Hopefully, I will be able to find a promising clinical trial. There is a new drug that hasn't been released by the FDA yet that has shown lots of promise for people with the BRCA gene and who have triple negative breast cancer. We'll see.
Yesterday, I still wasn't feeling great from the biopsy that I had on Tuesday. It is hard to shake that anesthesia! I went to oncology rehab anyway and I'm so glad that I did. I thought I would take it easy, but the trainers only modified one exercise for me. I did the regular workout otherwise, and left feeling good. I know a big part of it is getting there. The oncology rehab program lasts 10 weeks and I will stick with it if they will let me, and I can't think of a reason why they wouldn't.
I think I'm doing alright dealing with the situation. I think I mentioned before that at least there is less shock with this diagnosis, so I feel like my head is on somewhat straight. Ativan helps when needed; I have had some panic attacks, but I think that is to be expected. The waiting part before treatment is especially hard mentally and emotionally because there is no action yet. Once treatment starts, there is at least the confidence that chemo is doing its job. I am definitely keeping my normal pace for the time being. Things will change soon enough.
Still no update on the fun stuff that's been going on lately! I will get to that once this whole diagnosis thing is over and my treatment plan is in place. I'll keep you posted!