The Diagnosis Part III

So, I am hangin’ out here in limbo a bit, waiting for the results of a genetic test (which I am thinking will be negative).

Yesterday I talked with a friend who also had DCIS breast cancer years ago.  There are SO many stages of cancer and this is almost not a stage.  The good words are “in situ”.  It means that the cancer cells have not become invasive and spread around.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is an ‘early’ form of breast cancer. In this case, cells lining the ducts of the breast have become abnormal and are growing more rapidly than usual, but are not able to spread beyond the ducts. Women with DCIS are at higher risk of developing invasive ductal carcinoma (Source).

When I spoke with a surgeon last week she said that surgery is the cure.

Sounds pretty straight forward, right?

7 Replies to “The Diagnosis Part III”

  1. Shit! Shit! SHIT!

    Sorry I can’t be more eloquent.

    Love and prayers….

    Channel that tough Dutch constitution!

  2. Hi Maggie,

    Just saw your post on Facebook about your new blog. My mother was also diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer 13 years ago. She also found it very early but it had spread to some lymph nodes. The tumor and lymph nodes were removed with surgery and she is cancer-free and doing great, so I have every hope that you will be, too!

    I was just at the doctor a few days ago and she asked me to schedule my first mammogram because it’s time for me. I was in denial and scared even though I know better. Reading about your bravery in your first blog post has given me the courage to make the appointment. Thank you.

    Thinking of you and wishing you all the best,


  3. Maggie,
    I am a fan of your weekly creativity email. I look forward to it and felt compelled to respond when I read your email today. 7 years ago I have a diagnosis of cancer…different then yours but cancer. My whole family has died from cancer so I, too, knew someday I’d probably face it. Indeed it was a transformative experience. Letting go, letting others take care of me…all new to me. I really had trouble with people “seeing” me as sick. A dear friend asked me how did I want to be “seen”. I said creative, vital, making a difference. So many people held that vision for me….especially when I couldn’t hold it for myself. And it wasn’t true then, but it became reality. So hold your vision and ask others to hold it for you as well.
    You are in my thoughts and I look forward to the renewed and re-energized Third Thought!
    Much love,

  4. My lovely Maggie,
    Of course anything you need anytime anywhere… just ask. I am so glad you shared this crappy news with those who love you – as we want to be there as part of the journey to support, assist, to love!
    Also, thank you for the blog… it is helpful to read through to understand.

  5. Maggie…it’s not fair. Our family seems to be “blessed”the cancer curse.
    You have a strong spirit. You are brave…and this is another one of life’s tests. Ace it!
    I’m involved with Relay for Life. Know that I’ll be walking for your cure.
    Sending you all my healing thoughts, prayers and energy.
    Love you,

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