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Whammo, bammo, sincere THANK YOU, mammo.

by enginethatcould on September 9, 2012   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

This is the Cancer Diagnosis that Jack Built:

I had a cyst
That required a mammogram
That led to an exam
By a doctor who noticed my Jewish necklace
And sent me for genetic testing
With a forward-thinking genetic counselor
Who stated “You're negative for BRCA 1 and 2… but your circumstances are unique.”
And recommended an MRI
Which identified two primary kinds of cancer
On both sides
In four tumor sites
In two different stages
None of which were at all detectable by mammogram
Leading to a bilateral mastectomy
In which they discovered no lymph nodes involved
Very low Oncotype numbers
And an outstanding prognosis with no chemo/radiation needed.
So with an oophorectomy thrown in for good measure
A 10 year prescription for an aromatase inhibitor
And the final reconstruction exchange surgery done…
I can say, with full awareness of how lucky I am:
If this is the worst thing that happens to me
I will have lived a VERY GOOD LIFE.


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