My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

  • I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (the most common form of breast cancer).
  • Although originally diagnosed as Stage IIB in November – my diagnosis was revised to Stage IV metastatic disease following the results of the PET scans and MRIs a month later showing that the cancer had spread to my bones.
  • It began with 2 large tumors in my left breast (measuring 3.5 cm and 2.5 cm at diagnosis – but both nearly doubling in size before I got the chance to start treatment) – PLUS 8 other separate foci throughout the breast (aka: a bunch of other cancer cells and small tumors everywhere).
  • The cancer spread to extensive lymph nodes and to the femur bone in my left leg.
  • The lymph nodes affected were:  left axilla (aka: armpit), under the left pectoralis muscles, all the mammary glands, right subclavian, costrophrenic (area between the diaphragm and ribs), subcarinal/hilar/prevascular (all the areas around the lungs), and paratracheal (throat).
  • Hormone receptivity is positive on all fronts (estrogen, progesterone, and HER2).

7 Responses

  1. Terri,

    I am sorry to read all you are going through…that seems like such an inadequate phrase, but it is true. I am sending you healing thoughts and will continue to do so.

    Thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace in your fight,

  2. My dearest Terri,
    You are deeply loved.

    May you be safe from inner and outer harm
    May you be buoyant in body and mind
    May you be free–
    Free from physical suffering
    Free from mental suffering
    May your heart be filled with lovingkindness

    Terri, yo

  3. I have long enjoyed your father’s books and would not like to see him lose so much, so soon. Some time ago I found an “interesting” video on the Internet that may … or may not help. I will not post the link, as I don’t know how you feel about that but, if you do a google search for “burzynski movie”, it should come up as the first hit. My prayers, as I’m sure they are from everyone else who knows you or knows of you, are with you.

    May the absolute best happen for you and yours,

    Chuck Vining

    • Meant to say thanks for the tip on Burzynski. My aunt actually told me about his book back when I was first diagnosed. Fortunately, right now I don’t need to go there. But I’m willing to try just about anything. Why not?!?? Glad my dad’s books brought you some joy over the years. All the best. – terri

  4. Terri, Good luck to you in this harrowing time. Although I’m not religious, I’m constantly praying for you! Furthermore, although my early stage breast cancer situation could not have compared to your valiant fight, I hope all goes well. Best of luck ! / Jill

  5. Terri, not sure if you remember me from the women’s group. I won’t be able to see you on Monday but I wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts this past year. I am sending healing vibes to you across the continent. And it looks like they are helping!

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