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Today I found out some even better news than I did at my one year follow up. Not only (as reported during my one year follow up appointment) did the concerning cells in my breast not grow or change since my original diagnosis, they actually REDUCED IN NUMBER!!!

I'm not sure if I wasn't paying attention during my one year follow up appointment and I missed this astounding piece of information or if it was just glossed over at the time, but today my surgeon reported that my situation is in actualit...

March 4, 2019 marked the one-year active surveillance follow up date for the very early stage breast cancer diagnosis that I was given in January 2018. Instead of proceeding with a lumpectomy and possible radiation (as was originally suggested by the first surgeon I was referred to) I chose to take a wait and see approach as there was not 100% certainty that what had been detected on my mammograms, ultrasounds and two biopsies was indeed something that needed to be treated immediately or even at...

When I was first diagnosed with very early stage breast cancer I chose “active surveillance” instead of a lumpectomy as my treatment. I wanted to take a “wait and see” approach for the progression (if any) of the small group of malignant cells in my right breast … taking action as necessary, but not before.

The first surgeon I was referred to after the pathology reports from my two biopsies came back, said that surgery (with the possibility of radiation post surgery) was pretty much my only optio...

It is my belief that YES you should seek a second opinion, especially (as in my experience) something doesn't feel right about the news and options for treatment that you are being given.

Most women panic and want something done right away when they receive the frightening news that there are malignant cells in their breast. We can often be swayed by what the medical system has to say about what needs to be done to heal our bodies. Yet, more often than not, there is no need to rush into a decisio...

When I received the news that there was a "favoured low-grade neoplastic lesion" in my right breast I wasn't clear on what that was. What does "favoured" mean? That there "might be"? That there might NOT be? And what is a low-grade neoplastic lesion anyway? The pathology reports from the two biopsies that had followed several mammograms and ultrasounds, were confusing and full of contradictory and indecipherable information that left me feeling uneasy and with more questions than clarity....

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