My name is Yvette. I was a 39 year old successfully single woman living in Sydney Australia when I got the shock of my life (September 2010) – a breast cancer diagnosis.
I wrote this blog very actively during the first 12 months of treatment. It’s now a few years on and my posts are sporadic at best. But I’m still here and always willing to answer questions or offer support.
- diagnosed with widespread DCIS in the right breast
- opted for double mastectomy and reconstruction (using expanders) in the one operation
- advised a week after operation that 2.3mm of invasive cancer was found in the breast tissue, pagets disease in the nipple and 2.6mm invasion in the sentinel node (booooooo)
- had second operation, an axillary node semi clearance (they took around 10 nodes, all were clear)
- invasive cancer was too small to establish the stage, however, tested positive for ER and HER2
- due to hormonal positive tests, aggressive form of chemotherapy was recommended
- treatment plan is; 4 x AC chemotherapy 3 weekly, 12 x Taxol weekly, 12 months of Herceptin 3 weekly starting when Taxol begins
Written September 2010:
As I begin this journey, I don’t know where it will take me. I’m hopeful and optimistic that my experience with breast cancer will teach me valuable life lessons along the way. And that of course I will emerge healthier and stronger than ever before.
Updated January 2015:
I can tell you now that this journey has taken me on a wild ride. Sometimes thrilling, other times devestating. What is for sure and certain is that I have learned many valuable life lessons along the way. I have moved from Sydney to New York City. Travelled exhaustively. Lost my beautiful friend to breast cancer. Embarked on the beginnings of a new career – in health coaching. Dealt with a new tumor diagnosis (a desmoid tumor, diagnosed Oct 2014).
Most importantly developed a strong appreciation for my perfectly imperfect life.