My name is Denise McCroskey, and I write this Breast Cancer Blog to help others. My Breast Cancer Journey began on a Saturday in September, 2011 when I found the lump. The minute I felt it, I knew it was Breast Cancer. Tears and terror happened upon me. I had no other symptoms except breast pain. If you have breast pain and think it cannot be cancer because Breast Cancer doesn’t hurt, don’t believe it! Get it checked out immediately! My body was trying to warn me, and I did not pay attention. Unfortunately, I believed what I read. In other areas, I felt healthy, energetic and full of life. Many women say they just know. Immediately, I knew I was not ready to die and would fight to live with everything I had.
On October 17, 2011 I was diagnosed at the University of Michigan Breast Care Center with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. It was later determined that I had Stage 3, Triple Positive Breast Cancer, which means I am ER+ PR+ and Her2Neu+.
On November 23, 2011, I had a Mastectomy of the left breast because tumor size was 2.3 inches or 6 centimeters and a Lymph Node Dissection of 14 Lymph Nodes. I completed five (5) months of Chemotherapy on May 15, 2012 and completed 33 Radiation treatments on July 27, 2012. I continue to receive Herceptin intravenously every 3 weeks. ( I had heart damage from Herceptin and had to stop after only 3 months).
This is my story. If you are fighting Breast Cancer, I hope and pray you will find some solace in my experiences and strength to keep up the battle. . .feel free to email me at b4Denise@hotmail.com