(photo of my sister's backyard fence...all photos are thru my lens)

This is just a way to express my thoughts as I walk this path and journey through as a breast canSURVIVOR.

Make cancer mad, just piss it off by misspelling it..... like "canzer"

In remission ~ December 2012

Invasive Moderately Differentiated Ductal Carcinoma T1cN0M0 Stage 1

Estrogen receptor-positive cancer - Here is how it began

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's All About Christie

Ok, now to collect all my thoughts and my notes.  (I'm a horrible note-taker)

Christie is going to be fine

She has a tough road ahead, but she is also a tough cookie, just like her sister.

They are waiting for the HER2/neu test results (hopefully before the week is out). This will identify which type of treatments will be needed. HER2/neu protein is found on some types of cancer cells. This test shows whether the tissue either has too much HER2/neu protein or too many copies of its gene. If the breast tumor has too much HER2/neu, then targeted therapy may be a treatment option. This can include chemotherapy with drugs thru a vein or by tablet form. (My Herceptin is targeted therapy.)  We know the hormone receptor test is positive.

We will know the full name once all the tests have come in and which cocktails she will be taking.
Clues about the nature of a tumor come from how abnormal its cells look and what percentage of them is dividing. These and other factors are summed up as a grade of 1, 2 or 3. The higher the grade, the more aggressive the tumor. Cancers are also classified by stage -- a measure of how extensive the disease is. The system often used is called TNM, for Tumor (size), Nodes (cancer present or not) and Metastasis (cancer spread to distant organs). A number is assigned to each category. Once the TNM categories are determined, this info is combined with the grade to create an overall stage, from 0 for noninvasive to IV for the most invasive.

T = (tumor size) = 2
N = Nodes (cancer present or not) = 1
M = Metastasis (cancer spread to distant organs) = 0
Stage 2 B
Part of the waiting we had to endure was getting clarification on lesions that were found on her spine and on her liver.  Doc said the spine was clear! The liver was inconclusive and she feels that it will prove clear as well.  First, another scan to be sure. Double-check the stomach area as well.
Red blood count was good
Cyst on the spleen
Chemo Class
MRI - stomach and liver
Implant port
Plan - chemo first, see how much the tumor shrinks to be able to determine if surgery will be lumpectomy or mastectomy. From this, the type of surgery will determine if radiation will be part of the treatment.
Today, they gave her a flu shot and pneumonia shot.  She met the social worker, Denise, who helps coordinate insurance, billing, and find resources such as nutritionists, etc. She received her scripts for the nauseous meds, handicap sign, wig, and work orders (above).
When things "settle down" a bit, both of us have to get Oncotype DX test.
Doc's recommended homework: Living will
Doc's recommended reading:
Yes, siree, she is a FIGHTER!
I saw this smile today!


  1. Oh my! What's up with this cancer thing??? While you were dealing with yours, it jumped across to be begin on her.

    Why are so many still young woman getting this thing? None of the experts seem to know the whys and wherefores. I think it is something in the water we drink.

    I starting reading one woman's cancer blog and networked out to others as I grew fascinated by the strength of these women and the messages in their situations.

    One thing seem clear, life is about creating good, solid relationships with 'worthy' family and friends, weeding out the 'unworthy'. People who don't have a loving support when this malignant force strikes, are in a pitiable, horrendous situation. I have read of women whose husband, children etc walked away from the pain, leaving them in the hands of social workers and kind strangers; to die alone. The excuse is that they cannot "handle that kind of trouble and drama". To me this betrayal is worse than the disease, itself. It stinks and disgusts!! What kind of society breeds that level of selfishness, within the bosom of families? Any human who does that, to me, is worst than a dog.

    So this is the lesson your blog and others are teaching us.

    Nurture, work on relationships with solid people who will have our backs when the hard times come.

    Remove ourselves from sham relationships.

    Reach out a helping hand to the sick and downtrodden, when we are strong. Your sister supported you during her time of strength, now you (and many others) will be there for her during this vulnerable time.

    God grace go with you.

    1. Vassi, I am glad that you (and hopefully others) are getting something from these messages. It is mind-blowing how many cancer patients there are ... and not just breast cancer. I do know that life is short. Life should not be full of regrets. And good relationships are extremely important! Blessings to you ~

  2. Wow. I am overwhelmed just reading about it, and you and your sister are both going through this. I am so sorry. Know that I am praying for you both.


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