In July, 2010 a routine mammogram revealed microcalcifications in my right breast. I was called back for a higher resolution image which showed a cluster of microcalcifications which the technician declared a “suspicious” area and I was scheduled for a stereotactic biopsy. Still, she said that most biopsies of this nature came back normal. Although nervous about the procedure, I was sure everything would be fine. Two days later a lab worker called and read the results: Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) intermediate with central necrosis. Cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are not alone. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life meaning over 2 ½ million women in America today have heard those life-changing words, “You have breast cancer”. [http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html#incidence-mortality]
As I faced my cancer diagnosis and began researching my disease, treatments and recovery there were many helpful websites and organizations. However, sorting through all the available information to gleen really helpful material was often overwhelming. Dealing with cancer became a second job. The website BreastCancerClub.com and this blog are created to be a resource for finding materials of value to you in your battle for health and to explore life beyond cancer.