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Friday, June 7, 2019

Preparing for surgery - TNBC/IDC/BRCA2


We went back and forth on whether to post anything on the blog about Andrea's cancer, or create a different site to track her progress and share updates. We decided to post here and I'm going to mark all of the posts about her cancer with "TNBC/IDC/BRCA2" so we can search for the term later on and find anything related to her treatment.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and stress. Andrea and I have both been learning so much about her diagnosis. The pathology on her cancer showed it was a combination of IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) and DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) and the pathology showed that it is Triple Negative, so three most common receptors are not present in her cancer, which makes it harder to treat. We met with multiple doctors since her biopsy and her surgery is scheduled for June 11th. We are thankful we were able to get in so quickly for surgery, and we're crossing our fingers for good news.

Last weekend we went shopping for a recliner for Andrea. After her surgery, she will need to sleep on her back while she recovers, and we've heard that a recliner might give her some relief and be comfortable. We looked at a lot of options and found a nice silver/grey colored recliner that rocks and is super comfy. We rearranged the master bedroom for her, and we're trying to get everything possible prepared well in advance.

Andrea's friends have been so sweet and supportive. Many of our friends have asked if they could cook for us, or help out. We've got everything pretty well taken care of at this point, but a few of Andrea's friends couldn't resist and her JCP friends pitched in to get Andrea a bunch of gift cards to local restaurants. Anna and Rachael got together a cute basket with sweet tea, candy, PJ's (pictured) and goodies.

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