“Jon, you were Outcast once. Why do you think that any of the gulls in your old time would listen to you now? You know the proverb, and it’s true:
The gull sees farthest who flies highest.
Those gulls where you came from are standing on the ground, squawking and fighting among themselves.”
“Sully, I must go back,” Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
excerpt from Jonathan Livingston Seagull: a story by Richard Bach (1970)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
PR + = Progesterone Receptor positive (is a good thing)
ER+ = Estrogen Receptor positive (is a good thing)
Size = 19 mm once removed
Margins are = Clear
Oncotype = 11 (is a good thing as it means no chemo!)
HER2- Conducted by FISH test non amplified (is a good thing)
Grade 2 – Moderately Differentiated is meh (not the best/not the worst)
Lymph nodes are = Negative (is a good thing)
Genetic Testing = Negative (is a good thing)
The time line to date:
- Tuesday, November 3rd – On Election Tuesday, I felt the lump
- Tuesday, November 10th – Mammogram/Ultrasound & Radiologist said “Cancer”
- Friday, November 13th – Read Radiologist Report = BIRAD 5 (>95% malignant)
- Monday, November 16th – Biopsy of Left Breast/Lymph node
- Friday, November 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance = confirmed cancer in left breast/lymph node inconclusive
- Wednesday, December 2nd – Breast MRI
- Friday, December 10th – Surgical Consultation
- Saturday, December 26th – COVID Test (negative)
- Wednesday, December 30th – Lumpectomy; and 3 nodes removed
- Friday, January 8th – Genetic Testing Done
- Friday, January 8th – Learned the nodes were NEG and the margins were clear!
- Wednesday, January 13th – Met Dr. for Radiation Therapy. He’s funny; and he said four weeks should be enough for me.
- Thursday, January 28th – Initial Consultation with Occupational Therapy. To learn exercises that counter lymphedema; and to be fitted for a compression sleeve to wear daily to prevent/reduce lymphedema
- Friday, January 29th – Initial Medical Oncology appointment to discuss ONCO score and complete treatment plan details.
Treatment Plan Details To Date
Radiation Therapy = To begin middle of February
Hormone Therapy = To begin after radiation therapy ends.