On October 23rd 2018, at age 34, I got the phone call – I had been diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ. The lump in my left breast was a tumor 6-7 centimeters across, along with multi-focal cancer cells scattered across the entire top half of my breast.
Since that day I have been on an emotional rollercoaster of medical testing, waiting for test results, reading everything I can about cancer, making lots of phone calls, and spending many hours in doctor’s offices.
With breast cancer comes difficult decision-making. Which treatment is right? Which doctors should I see? Which surgeries and reconstruction options should I get? All while reeling from the shock of the diagnosis and what it could mean for life after treatment.
And there are longer-term questions – How will I learn to love my body before, during, and after treatment? How will I incorporate all of this into my identity? What can I learn from my cancer experience? What am I going to wear?!
Join me here as I share thoughts, feeling, experiences, and updates from cancer-land.
All my love,