The Day I Was Diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Invasive Breast Cancer

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 29th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My life was forever changed when I found out that I had malignant breast cancer. Now I see things from a completely different perspective.

Life Changes Sometimes

I have learned personally how one's life can change without a moment's notice. And the thing that makes it especially hard is that there isn't a thing you can do about it. Such was the scene when I was diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago.

Family History of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer runs in my family. It is for this reason that my siblings and I are very aggressive when it comes to having regular mammograms. To say I was shocked is an understatement. Even though it runs in my family you are not fully prepared to hear that "C" word when it comes specifically to you. Let's face it. It conjures up all kinds of scenarios, especially when it is malignant.

What Stage?

I was diagnosed at the 1st stage which is a good thing. Just like any cancer, early detection can lead to a greater chance of survival and beating it. It was discovered as a result of my annual mammogram. A needle biopsy was done in order to further clarify the results.

Appointments and Consultations Galore

I have never had so many appointments and doctor visits in such a short span in all of my life. These included MRI's, sonograms, testing of my heart, blood work and numerous other necessary procedures to come up with the right treatment plan for me. Cancer treatment is not a one-size-fits-all.

Treatment Plan

I underwent several months of chemotherapy. After about two weeks of chemo my hair started to fall out. Soon after giving my body a rest I had lumpectomy surgery. My body was challenged by the vigorous radiation treatments which I am still healing from. In the process I developed lymphedema and had physical therapy for it on a weekly basis. Today I have to utilize a compression pump to help with the swelling. I affectionately refer to it as "my astronaut suit".

Medical Team and Support of Family and Friends

I have been blessed with a very caring and compassionate medical team. They allowed me to emote and offered words of encouragement. They went out of their way to answer questions in laymen's terms so that I could understand. When meeting with my surgeon I remember breaking down. She hugged me and offered words of hope and assurance. My husband, siblings and friends have surrounded me with love and support upon hearing of my breast cancer. I am grateful to them all.

The Outlook

My chance of beating it was at 90%. That doesn't mean it was easy. I have had my low moments. There are times when I didn't want to go to chemotherapy or see the doctor. But these were all necessary for my healing.

As a result of my journey my relationship with God became stronger.When I faltered, it was His arms that raised me up. And it is He who is leading me through this phase of my life victoriously.

Even though I will be seeing my oncologist for the next 5 years I am now in remission. I don't take that for granted. I have had 2 friends lose their battle to cancer. It is for them that I will celebrate and live in memory of their long-hard fight to beat the disease.

Credit: Pictures from Lee Hansen and Wikimedia Commons

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Breast, Breast Cancer, Chemotherapy, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Invasive Breast Cancer, Early Detction For Cancer, Lumpectomy, Lymphedema, Malignant Breast Cancer, Malignant Tumor, Mammograms, Radiation Therapy, Stages Of Breast Cancer, Surgery

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Congratulations on remission and a successful treatment program!! Many thanks for sharing your story. The C word has not touched me the way it has others among my friends and family -- my mother-in-law died of it before we ever could meet, for example. But many "kids" my age talk about helping take care of their terminal parents and worrying that the same C will hit them. And it's very hard to deal with.
Continued health and light and peace, my friend!!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Pnyl. I hope you or any more of your loved ones will have to be confronted with such a dreadful disease.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Lee. Your attitude and courage shine through. I pray you will continue to heal and remain well and cancer free. Both my mother and one of my daughters went through breast cancer. It is an ordeal, to put it mildly. Although my mother has passed (of other causes), my daughter is 8 years cancer free now. We are blessed. Thank you again, Lee.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. I am so glad to know that your daughter has been cancer free for 8 years. That is quite an accomplishment and something I hope to achieve too. I appreciate your good wishes.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Lee your very inspiring strength in your journey to remission. ..the joy and love you share in life and family are a testimony of the power of positive outlook and good medical care...your faith most marvelous of all...Lee you are a blessing....thanks for this truly inspiring share Lee...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks so very much D. It is people like you who inspire me to keep pressing on. I am grateful for your kind thoughts and wishes.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Oct 2014 (#)

I like your positive attitude. It will play a big part in your recovery. Blessings.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
5th Oct 2014 (#)

A positive attitude goes a long way in recovery. I hope to continue down that path.

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