Age and diagnosis
Left Breast - Infiltrating Poorly Differentiated Duct Cell Carcinoma
Stage IIIc, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Histologic Grade 3/3, Nuclear Grade 3/3, Mitotic Grade 2/3
Family history or BRCA mutation?
Yes I have BRCA 2.
[Lexie's blog states that her mother and grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer.]
Who caught it?
[Here is more from Lexie's blog]
This was June 2012 the doctor also gave me my prescription for the mammogram to have it done by August. Since we were moving and breast cancer was the last thing on my mind I pushed it off. One day in September [her husband] touched me and felt the lump. For some reason I knew right away it was cancer. So when I went for the mammogram I told the tech. When I went back for the ultrasound you could tell by the look on their face even if they did try to hide it.
I am glad I did not wait for my doctor to call me and I took matters into my own hands. I got the whole process started much earlier then if I would have waited and the outcome might have been different. But right now I am happy but scared I am worried that when all said and done this will come back and I won't be around to watch [her son] get older and married.
What were the signs?
Just a lump.
Did your doctors listen to you?
No not in the beginning. I was very proactive and switched surgeons and oncologists,
What would you say to a young woman who thinks she might have something wrong?
Listen to your gut. You know what is going on with your body.