Nov 24, 2013 - 4:21 am
New to breast cancer, but not new to cancer. Had surgery for kidney cancer 1.5 years ago. Had benign tumors removed from neck lymph nodes 1 year ago.
Wont know anything for sure until more tests, but I failed the mammo, failed the sonogram, failed the nail gun type biopsy. Saw the breast surgeon.
So I'm processing words like invasive metastatic breast cancer with lymph node mets. Don't know yet if lobular or ductal. Stage may be II or III. PET scan and breast MRI will tell more, maybe next week. Will need port for chemo. Chemo before surgery. Will need radiation since mets present. Appointment with oncologist Dec 5, I think.
I have that, albeit tentative, information. But what I don't know is what life will be like for the foreseeable future. I know everyone responds differently, but as a single person who has to support herself both physically and financially, I really need some idea of what reality will be for me, probably.
I'm a teacher. Will I be able to work during my chemo? I will likely have the double mastectomy. How long before I'll be up and around from that? What's the time between chemo and surgery? Will I need to take off the spring semester?
I know those questions are hard to answer, but I have to tell my job something. I have to hire a replacement, if that's what I'll need, and I can't do that at the last minute.
I just have no idea what to expect. I've never known anyone with breast cancer, and I feel like I'm walking in the dark. Would love info on other people's experiences.