I'm Jaclyn, 32-year-old Canadian with TNIDC. I was diagnosed March 31 and am in my third week of AC chemo.
My husband found a lump in my upper left breast in November last year but I was convinced it was nothing more than a cyst, so I didn't go to the doctors until March 15, 2016 for shoulder pain, but he referred me to the breast clinic because it looked as if the cyst was about to explode off of my chest.
I went March 17 for what was supposed to be a consult but ended up having a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, and core biopsy all within 3 hours. I was beyond shocked when the doctor came up to me as I was waiting for the biopsy and said, 'I've reviewed your tests and I'm 95% sure it's cancer, but we will wait until the 31st for the results to come in.'
Wow. That's quite the bombshell that had been dropped on me. My husband wasn't there because I thought I was having a consult so I had to call him and tell him. Heartbreaking.
My AC chemo is 1 every 14 days with self-administered Neupogen days 3-10 followed by Taxol and another chemo I don't know. I will have a mastectomy after my chemo then followed by radiation. All in all, it should be an 11-month process.
Two rounds of chemo in, and I'm feeling great. Still working 8 hour days and 6 days a week. Sleeping solidly through the night and still have all my hair (that I didn't shave off in anticipation).
I'm thankful for my family, friends, and clients at work otherwise I don't think I'd stay sane. Going to work as a waitress everyday keeps my mind off of it and gives me some exercise too.
I know I won't always be able to work like I am but I try to enjoy it as much as possible.
Being a vegan has helped me keep up my energy levels and knock on wood no illnesses so far. Just mouth sores (might be the Costco-sized box of oranges I bought!).
-- Mrs774, diagnosed triple negative in March 2016
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