Hi everyone. I wanted to introduce myself. My name is CarrieAnne and I am 40 years old. I live in MA and have two kids, 11 yrs (boy) and 8 yrs. (girl)
On 3/18/11 I was struck by a car as a pedestrian, sending me to the hospital with numerous injuries. At the hospital I was give a CAT scan to determine how my organs were working, and they discovered a 5 cm malignant tumor in my left breast. I feel lucky that the accident caught the cancer, but I am struggling with the fact that I have orthopedic and opthamolgic issues related to the accident and not my cancer while I am trying to get well.
Anyone else here diagnosed with Cancer as a result of another injury? Paired with the fact that I am 25 years younger than everyone else being treated at my facility I am feeling like no one knows how I feel.
Because of my familial history they are recommending a double mastectomy for me even though I tested negative for BRACA. I am having trouble with this, so I decided to start with chemo as a way to buy some time for my surgery decision. I have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I am hoping the chemo will give me a good enough result to convince the doctors one mastectomy is sufficient. Any sort of lumpectomy is pretty much off the table for me already.