Hello, my name is Karla and I was diagnosed with TNBC invasive breast cancer in February 2015. I am married with two daughters, ages 20 and 10.
I first noticed something was wrong with my right breast when I had experienced ongoing pain. I had my mammogram in mid-January and was called back in February for a biopsy. I received my cancer diagnosis two days later on the job, which left me in a state of shock. My surgeon wanted me to just have a lumpectomy because the tumor measured 9mm, but my gut feeling was telling me to have a bilateral mastectomy. In the back of my mind, I knew I had made the right decision.
My surgery was on May 1, 2015 and the pathology report indicated that my tumor measured 1.2 cm, Stage 1, Grade 3 and also showed that I had precancerous tissue in my left breast as well. I had a port inserted in June and was given AC every 2 weeks for 4 cycles. I was then given Taxol every week for 12 weeks. I am thankful the cancer did not spread to my lymph nodes.
My family and coworkers were with me every step of the way, which gave me inspiration to keep moving forward. After my treatment ended, I have been diligently exercising and watching my diet.
Ladies if you feel that something isn't right with your body, please have it checked out immediately.
-- quietstorm325, diagnosed triple negative in February 2015
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