I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in October, 2018. This is a non-invasive form of breast cancer, but I have fear about it becoming invasive or occuring again. I am only 37 years old, therefore, not due for a routine mammogram. But my doctor found a lump so I did the diagnostic. They found three areas that were suspicious. After the biopsy, they found one to be pre-cancerous, one not cancerous, and one that was very suspicious. They removed all three, and also the lump that I felt and turned out to be nothing of concern. Underneath that lump was the DCIS. They thought they removed enough and that it was still within the milk duct, therefore, not invasive. A second opinion thought more should be removed to determine that all areas were "clean." Medications to prevent more cancer and radiation were also options. But in my mind, the only way to feel confident in having a cancer-free future is to remove both of my breasts with a mastectomy. I know there is a chance of recurrence, but this procedure reduces it the most.
Cancer has affected many members of my family and friend network. I am choosing to raise awareness about this form of breast cancer that could easily progress undetected and also to support people who suffer from all forms of cancer. I hope that people will consider donating to the research that could save a life and support the people that have any relation to someone who has been diagnosed.
On 12/29/18 from 5pm-9pm I will be having a dinner event at the LakeHouse Restaurant in Lake Villa. You pay $20 for pizza and appetizers and $5 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. I know not all can attend (besides, the room only holds 60 people, lol) but you can also donate on this page. Thank you in advance for your support!