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An estimated 27,700 women and 260 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Canada.
To show my support for all Canadians impacted by breast cancer, I am participating and fundraising for this year’s Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
I would love to share my story with you all to help contribute to awareness and let you in on how past donations have contributed to my treatment plan. On Easter weekend 2022 I woke up one morning like any other and was watching some morning cartoons with my son when I happened to place my right hand on the right side of my chest and noticed a mass, I have had cysts in my breasts before but this felt very different. It was irregularly shaped, quite large in my opinion but it did not hurt. I called first thing Monday morning for an appointment and was able to see my family doctor Tuesday.
During the exam he said we will treat all situations like this as if it's breast cancer right away, we do not mess around. So he proceeded to order an ultrasound and Mammogram with a sense of urgency. I received a call a few days later and had my appointment a week after that. I was terrified, but I just knew this was not good, it felt different, my heart felt grief and I cried nearly every day until my appointment. Immediately following my mammogram and ultrasound the Dr. spoke with me and said he was concerned and wanted to do a biopsy immediately, he didnt have availability that day so I was booked in the following morning.
Now there is a piece to my story that I haven't mentioned yet, my husband and I have been trying to conceive a second child since our first was born, who was also conceived via IVF. In fact, I was scheduled for my last and final embryo transfer on the day of my scheduled biopsy. I was advised I will need to cancel this transfer. I was completely devastated, emotionally distraught. Now the most difficult part, a 2 week wait for my biopsy results.
The morning of May 11th came at a turtles pace, it felt like an eternity. I cried often, prayed hard. But nothing I did would prepare me for whats to come. Waiting patiently in the hospital room for the Dr. to arrive, he walked in, sat down and asked me how I was feeling. I laughed a little, thinking what kind of question was that, but then responded with 'i'm terrified', he looked at me and just nodded and said yes, he didnt have to say anything more. My husband hugged me tight and I sobbed. Much of what was said after that is a blurr.
I was then welcomed by my Oncologist...yes I now have an oncologist. He walked in and said "please call me Henry". That calmed me a little, he sat beside me and said I am going to give you some really great news first. 95-99% treatable!!!! That was an amazing way to start our chat, he instantly eased my nerves and I was able to think a little clearer. He did follow up with that my cancer is quite aggressive but that treatment for this form of cancer is very responsive and has a very high success rate. I was diagnosed with HER2, ER-/PR-, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.
HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This protein promotes the growth of cancer cells. In about 1 of every 5 breast cancers, the cancer cells have extra copies of the gene that makes the HER2 protein. The ER and PR are receptors for Estrogen and progesterone. I was also advised that I will not be able to proceed with any future fertility treatments and in fact the prolonged use of fertility drugs likely assisted in the progression of my Cancer. I will be put into early menopause and will no longer be able to conceive.
Following my meeting with the oncologist i met with my radiologist, yup I have one of those too! So now my plan is set, I will start with 6 rounds of TCH P Chemo, followed by surgery, followed by radiation. I have now completed 2/6 rounds. I am hopeful, I am strong, I will beat this and I have the most amazing support system amongst my family, friends and fellow warriors so I know I will never be alone on this journey.
Breast Cancer treatments have come so far in such little time, just 15 years ago HER2 would have been considered a death sentence, and now woman are living cancer free and its all due to the funding made available through people like you who with even a small donation make such a big difference. THANK YOU for supporting me and this cause and for sharing this journey with me.
With your help, I can reach my fundraising goal and make a life-changing difference for so many people. Every dollar I raise will fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and support programs and services for those impacted by this disease.
Please donate today. I believe better treatment options and survival outcomes are possible. Together, we can give Canadians impacted by breast cancer a reason to have hope. And we can help change the future for all.
Thank you! I appreciate your generous support.
P.S. Did you know? A $75 donation can fund a clinical trial for someone with breast cancer to test new treatments to save lives and give hope to countless others.
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