This blog is dedicated to my awesome sister Christina, and her courageous battle with cancer. My sister is 45 years old, a beautiful wife to Sam who is a RN, wonderful mother to Maya and Sara, devoted daughter and the best sister anyone could be blessed with. Oh and I can’t forget Harley, my sister’s faithful four legged companion.
My sister has one of the hardest jobs out there as a full time mother and wife, and after our mom passed away, she and her family moved in with our dad to care for him also. We just lost mom to pancreatic cancer less than two years ago and now my sister got her diagnosis.
Just to be clear, I am not a writer by any means, I am an RN so I will do my best not to get too clinical unless it is necessary to assist others. I am just someone who loves her sister and wants to tell her story. We have been blessed with loving family and friends who want to support in any way they can, and I thought this would be a good way to keep everyone informed of her progress and eventual triumph!
My hope is that by telling you my sister’s story, we can help others who have just been diagnosed or just be here to offer support.
My sister’s story starts in January of 2017; earlier in the month my sister found a lump in her breast. After a visit to her physician, a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, on February 2nd she was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) Stage I Grade 3.
I simply can’t articulate how hearing that diagnosis felt. We were at a loss for words and feelings!! Just hearing the word cancer broke my heart, It has been less than two years since we lost mom to Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and, to be honest, I truly don’t think we have completely processed our feelings.
Despite our shock and heartbreak, Sam and I just jumped in and started making appointments-breast specialist, oncologist, every “ist” she will ever need. The past 22 days have been a roller coaster ride, as soon as we received the diagnosis we immediately made an appointment with a breast surgeon that came highly recommended. During this visit he went over the pathology report and the treatment plan, her type of cancer- a triple negative- meaning the cancer will not respond to hormonal therapy. The following week she met with the medical oncologist who spelled out the short and lomg term plan.
My sister will be starting chemotherapy next Tuesday, and in preparation, yesterday she had an electrocardiogram to make sure her cardiac function was good because chemotherapy can cause cardiac problems. She also had a port inserted for the chemotherapy agents.
IDC accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers. It is the most common of breast cancers and it’s considered invasive when it has spread to the surrounding breast tissue.
My sister is faithful in performing her self-breast exams. I encourage all women to perform self-breast exams every month. For more information on breast cancer go to www.breastcancer.org <http://www.breastcancer.org> .