The Journey Begins – Part 1

August – knew it was time to schedule the yearly mammogram. Also thought I was feeling a little extra lumpy-bumpy-ness in my R breast. 

September – had the yearly mammogram at Ohana (Yakima’s breast health center). Not quite normal (which has happened before) so scheduled for follow up imaging.

October – follow up imaging showed a suspicious mass, so had a core biopsy, which came back with the diagnosis: DCIS – ductal carcinoma in situ.  The person who called me with the news was the Ohana nurse navigator, Betsy. She told me the diagnosis, and told me the next step is to meet with a surgeon and discuss surgery option. She gave me surgeon options; I chose Dr. Wooten; She called their office and called me back within 5 minutes with an appointment for the next day! 

This is how it started… I was surrounded by kind professionals, from the initial mammographer, to the team who did my core biopsy, to my Nurse Navigator, Betsy.  More in the next post…

On the day I was diagnosed, after stopping by Ohana to pick up a breast cancer guide book from Betsy, I sat in my car for a few minutes. Then snapped this picture

Author: jbarnescm

Just a regular person, diagnosed with breast cancer 10/2018, making the best of things, and keeping my peeps up to date

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