Cancer and Me

I’ve struggled with how often I want to write about cancer and me on this blog.  Friends have suggested that I might be “willing” a recurrence of the disease with how often I write about the topic.  The thing I’ve learned to accept is the breast cancer will forever be a part of my story.Breast Cancer and Me

I try to write at least one post per week dedicated to breast cancer.  My posts about cancer and me, and my unique point of view on the subject, generate the most interest from readers.  I genuinely want to create a community here and keep the conversation going.

Check out my first post in a blog series I did called Breast Cancer: 101.  I also wrote extensively about last season’s breast cancer storyline on the NBC drama Parenthood.

In 2013, I put a call out to share stories of other women who have been diagnosed with this breast cancer. The series theme was Life After Breast Cancer and was very well received. 2014’s series will focus on best tips and advice from survivors.

My personal cancer profile

I’m always interested to know what kind of breast cancer someone is diagnosed with.  Did you know there are like 8 different types of breast cancer?  If you’re interested in my diagnosis, here it is:

  • Infiltrating ductal carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Grade 3
  • Size of invasive tumor: 4.0 cm
  • Lymphatic invasion identified (2/13 lymph nodes positive for cancer)
  • Estrogen receptor positive, 100%
  • Progesterone receptor positive, 50%Ki-67, high
  • HER-2/neu, negative
  • BRCA, negative
  • Current cancer meds: Aromasin

My cancer treatment

Treatment for breast cancer varies greatly depending on a person’s specific diagnosis.  The following outlines my personal treatment.  This information is not to replace any advice your personal doctor has given you.

You can find me Monday nights at 6:00 pm PST on Twitter chatting with the #bcsm community.  I encourage you to follow along using that hashtag.  The #bcsm (breast cancer & social media) community is made up of doctors, nurses, survivors, and those in the fight.  It’s become a huge source of support and education.

I am currently working on two breast cancer projects that I can’t wait to share with you!