I'm February 2017, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I was still breastfeeding my 16 month old son at the time, and thought I had mastitis or a breast abscess, but in the back of my mind I suspected I had breast cancer.
After a few tests, it was confirmed I had breast cancer and my oncologist and breast surgeon both made the 'clinical' diagnosis of 'inflammatory breast cancer' based on the way my cancer presented. In addition to having two significant lumps in my breast, I also had red, hot, thickened skin, with a blister-like rash and the size was about 2-3 times my normal size.
In the process of determining my stage of cancer, we found that my lymph nodes under my arm pit were enlarged and I also had enlarged intramammary lymph nodes (behind the breast bone) but, thankfully, there was no other evidence of distant metastatic disease.
I started chemotherapy about 3 weeks after my first biopsy results came back and I am almost done. I have one final Taxol infusion before I recover until surgery.
I started running back in 2012 and feel off the wagon when I was pregnant with my son, but I felt compelled to run a marathon and I wanted it to be for breast cancer. I found the DONNA marathon and was pleased to see that I could run a lesser distance than 26.2 miles. I chose to run the half marathon because I decided it was a more reasonable distance for me to run, since I haven't run in a while.
I am very excited to run this race in February and am constantly surprised when I hear of friends/family who want to run it too!!
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