I know this will relate to a lot of others. I know it has affected me with having 2 primary cancers; Uterine Cancer in 2006, and Breast Cancer in 2013, and I just have to say FUCK CANCER.
I know there are a lot of different types of cancers that can affect someone, and their families. For my family it was hard for them to accept that I even had it. But they were supportive, they helped me when my children were little. Especially my youngest.
You see I was pregnant with my youngest at the time that the doctors found my Uterine Cancer. I ended up finding out after having an Amniocentesis done. It turns out that everything was find with my daughter, but they found something wrong with me. At that time I ended up waiting until she was born to do anything about it; because I didn’t want to have any other complication while I was pregnant, and thankfully nothing happened with her. I ended up having a hysterectomy at the age of 25, so that it would not spread as it was in situ.
In 2013, one night I woke up to my one breast being really painful, swollen and I was leaking (sorry for being a bit graphic there). I ended up going to the ER and the doctor there asked me if I ever had a mammogram done. As soon as I heard those words I thought FUCK, because that made me automatically think of Breast Cancer. After going through many mammograms, ultrasounds and a lumpectomy on my right breast it did end up showing that I had DCIS – Ductal Carcinoma in situ.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is non-invasive breast cancer. Ductal means that the cancer starts inside the milk ducts, carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues (including breast tissue) that cover or line the internal organs, and in situ means “in its original place.” DCIS is called “non-invasive” because it has not spread beyond the milk duct into any normal surrounding breast tissue. DCIS is not life-threatening, but having DCIS can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer later on. So again it was just the beginning stages. It was also a new primary cancer, meaning that since I’ve had Uterine Cancer it was not that type of Cancer. It was a new primary they called it. I have been cancer free since then. Thank God.
But over the past few months my father who is in his 80’s now had it confirmed today, that he is in the beginning stages of having Prostate Cancer. Again I have to say it FUCK CANCER. Because it’s true. Even just reading or hearing that word makes me think this. I know a lot of you feel that way too.
So as I sit here I needed to write this. I wanted to be able to share with you what our family is going through, and what we have gone through. I know I will get a lot of flack with this post too. But these are my thoughts and feelings that I need to get out. I’m sitting here trying not to cry because of how it’s affecting me but I know that I will. Right now I’m angry. I’m so flipping angry that Cancer has now affected me in another way. I am angry that we don’t have a cure yet. I’m angry that we have this disease at all. My hope is that one day we can eradicate Cancer indefinitely.
Do you know someone who has been affected by Cancer?