January 3, 2005
I Can't Believe It
I can't believe it! I have now completed over year of surgery and reconstructive work after succumbing to breast Cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy, expanders, silicone implants, cosmetic breast surgery and an oophorectomy all in 10 months. My incredible journey began early afternoon in September 2003, while attending the Crestor Launch Meeting in Hawaii. As I was preparing for the next session with my team, I received a phone call from my OB/GYN regarding my recent mammogram. The voice on the other end of the phone mentioned that they had discovered unusual spots on my mammogram and I needed to return home immediately.
I didn't really panic because I knew there was no history of breast cancer in my family. Within one hour, I was on a plane returning to Dallas. Upon arriving home, I was scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and sonogram. After the examination was completed, I was scheduled for additional tests. At this time, my physician stated that he thought I had calcium deposits. My anxiety level quickly decreased.
However, after the additional test results came back, I was diagnosed with stage 1 Ductal Carcinoma In situ (DCIS). I quickly learned that as a woman, we become more at risk for breast cancer as we age. On Tuesday, October 21, I had a bi-lateral mastectomy.
Prior to my surgery, I met with my priest and church family members who prayed for a safe and speedy recovery. My family and friends reinforced that fact that my positive outlook would definitely help me make it through the cancer surgery and reconstructive work! At this time, I had no idea what my journey would be. I received so much support, encouragement and miracles along the way.
By May 2004, the reconstructive work was over. I just recently found out that I will need to go on hormonal therapy for 5 years. I feel so blessed that I did not have to succumb to chemotherapy and or radiation. . I am currently CANCER FREE, and have no detectable signs of breast cancer. I am a 10-month survivor!!!
My road to recovery was difficult and plagued with many challenges. My employer was supportive through the entire process and gave me the time I needed to physically and mentally heal.
Donna Lindsay, Survivor