In 2009, I was 40-years-old and getting my very first mammogram. I had my appointment and then got a call to come back for an ultrasound. I was thinking that is a little strange as none of …
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In 2009, I was 40-years-old and getting my very first mammogram. I had my appointment and then got a call to come back for an ultrasound. I was thinking that is a little strange as none of my friends ever got called in for an ultrasound, and then came the call for a biopsy. Oh dear, I thought this is not good. I still remember where I was when they called with the results. Over the phone in my lunchroom at work, I was told I had breast cancer, and would need to find an oncologist.
Happy 40th birthday to me.
My primary care doctor gave me the name of an oncologist. My husband and I went to see her where I was told I had stage I breast cancer. Even in its early stages, they recommend a mastectomy, radiation and chemo. I said that seems drastic, but she said it’s better to be sure we got it all.
I went home in shock and called one of my best friends. She suggested I go to University of Colorado Health at the Anschutz Center and get a second opinion, as they had a program where you can meet a surgeon, oncologist and radiation doctor all in one visit.
I called and made an appointment, and it was such a relief. They explained everything from suggesting I have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and radiation only as it was DCIS, which meant the cancer was still “in Situ”.
So here I am 8 years later with my breasts still intact and no reoccurrence. Getting a second opinion saved me from a lot of pain and suffering that was not needed.
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