You are probably wondering what this site is all about. How could there be a site that combines a wonderful event in a young mom's life and a terrible disease. It can't happen right? Well it can and it has, to me. I am a 34 year old mom with a 13 month old boy and wonderful husband. We celebrated the birth of our son and I decided to nurse him for the past 13 months. I never thought the weaning process would involve a biopsy and breast cancer diagnosis. It sounds scary, believe me it is, but unfortunately this happens to young mothers.
I found a lump in my breast over the summer. I asked my husband to take a look, my husband is a general surgeon and handles breast cancer surgery. He thought it felt concerning and told me to get an ultrasound. Of course we both felt it must be a clogged milk duct. We went to the ultrasound a couple of weeks later and were told it was a clogged milk duct, in fact the doctor in charge felt so good about it he did not feel a biopsy was necessary. I was so relieved! Of course it would be a clogged milk duct! What else could it be?
My husband told me to sign up for a follow up ultrasound a couple of months later, which I felt would be wise. Over the course of the next couple of months I started to wean my son, however the lump was staying the same size. I felt it should be getting smaller but it was not. I asked other moms about it and looked up online information on clogged milk ducts and they did not match up with my situation. I went to the final ultrasound a couple of months later. The tech looked at the lump and left the room mumbling the doctor was going to want to biopsy. It was then I knew that this was not a clogged milk duct. The doctor came in and told me she the lump had grown a small amount and there were some concerning borders. She wanted to biopsy the lump right then. I was stunned. This could not be happening to me!
The doctor did the biopsy and a few days later the report came back that I indeed had an aggressive form of breast cancer, although the tumor is about 2 cm, which may put me in at an early stage.
I will be starting my journey this week. I hope to have surgery this week and recover with a full stint of chemotherapy.
I have decided to keep a blog during my journey so I can make other young nursing mothers aware of the possibility of breast cancer. I almost decided to not go in for the second ultrasound and wait a few months, which could have put me in the later stages. I was told by many people and websites lumps are common and there is no need to worry. I want to make young mothers aware so maybe a life will be saved!!! Please follow my journey with me or lend me support as I make my way to being cancer free.