BENEFITING: Gildas Club-Metro Detroit
I was diagnosed November 2008 with Stage 3 invasive ductile carcinoma. The day before New Year’s Eve I had surgery. I started my six chemo sessions in January 2009. Along with the six chemotherapy treatments, I was receiving Herceptin on a weekly basis for a year. I finished my chemo four days before my 50th birthday. Needless to say, I was probably the “only” woman who couldn’t wait to turn 50! During my treatments, I was very careful not to have any set backs. It was winter and I stayed in quite a bit; I didn’t want to get sick. I wanted to finish my treatments before my 50th birthday. I remember going out on my birthday, four days after my last treatment, not feeling great and quite shaky for dinner with my family. I had accomplished what I had set out to do. Once I finished my chemo, I started radiation. It was pretty standard - six weeks with five days of treatment each week. Per my oncologist’s recommendation, I held off on reconstruction until I finished all my treatments. At about the same time of radiation, I started a prescription of Tamoxifen (three years) and I am now taking Arimidex for seven years. Once I completed radiation and a year of treatment, I was ready for reconstruction. I opted for a tram flap. I had a slight set back with the surgery; some of the skin and tissue didn’t take. My surgeon tried a newer technique called fat transfer. After a few tries, we realized my body was dissolving the fat and it wasn’t staying put. At that point, we decided to finish off with an implant. I was very happy with the outcome. I had my treatments at Henry Ford West Bloomfield and my reconstruction at the HF Detroit campus. I am so very grateful to all my doctors and the wonderful staff who treated me. I am a five year survivor!