Recurrence – Stage IV Diagnosis
I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in April 2012. I had been having hip pain for a few weeks that was unrelieved by muscle relaxants and ibuprofen. My tumor markers were elevated and subsequent CT scans and an MRI showed that the cancer had spread to my L hip. There were also small tumors in my liver and lungs. I was expecting to find cancer in my hip, but the liver and lung tumors were an unpleasant surprise to say the least.
After a liver biopsy to confirm the characteristics of the tumor, I began radiation to my hip and hormone treatment in May 2012.
Original Diagnosis- Stage IIIC
I was originally diagnosed with Stage IIIC breast cancer in October 2009. Because I was pregnant at the time, we were unable to do many of the usual tests until after Ryan was born. Ryan was born 7 weeks early. Immediately after his birth, I also had a mastectomy and the placement of a port to make chemo easier. Tests showed that the cancer had spread to the area under my arm, but not to any other locations in my body. I had chemo from November to March, every six weeks. This was a difficult time and I slept 12-15 hours most days. In April/May 2010, I had 25 radiation sessions. Then in October 2010, I had a 2nd mastectomy to try to reduce my risk of recurrence.