Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I really don't like sharing bad news, so please accept my apology for waiting so long to share this. Six weeks ago I found another lump in my breast (or rather, in the muscle behind where my breast would be), and the biopsy showed that it is the same type of tumor I had in 2010 . I wanted to wait to tell people until I had more details, and more information about my treatment plan, and it has taken until today to get that. Plus, well... I was getting pretty good at finding excuses why each day WASN'T a good day to share bad news. The good news is that there are not any signs of tumor growth anywhere else in my body. There is a 2 cm mass between my pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles, and a tiny second tumor nearby, which is still considered to be in the breast (it doesn't seem to have metastasized). The bummer part of it is that surgery is going to be tricky. It is likely going to involve removing part of both muscles, which will affect my ability to lift with that arm. We won't know for sure how much they will have to remove until they get in there, and we won't know for sure how much my arm movement will be affected until after surgery and physical therapy. My surgery is scheduled for this Monday (which I just found out today). I will try to update soon, but until the surgery we won't know much more.