Mar 14, 2013 - 9:48 am
I am 45 years old, had a left mastectomy on feb 22 of this year and have 2 of 15 nodes positive. I am stage 2b, grade 2 and an oncotype score of 15 (just rec'd today). Genetic testing showed no mutation, and I am meeting with an on oncologist on Monday. So far, I love my level of care.
I am optimistic that my level of treatment will be less aggressive, but am wondering what others think? (Monday seems a long way off... 4 days).
Would love not to have to endure chemo, but am now believing it is a very real possibility. The ice cap helmets are intriguing, but too $$ and a lot of work.
My current worry is the range of motion in my left arm... Impossible to fully extend, nor raise high enough to shave the underarm. The whole lymph edema thing is worrisome. I am a registered nurse... Just graduated last may (second career) and was just kind of getting up and running as an RN, when I was diagnosed. Lifting patients is a critical aspect on my unit - I feel like my arm may hamper that for a good while.
I know I'm in the right place for words of wisdom:)