Hi guys! This topic might scare some of you but I’m hoping curiosity will lead you to watch/read this post today. I decided to share my breast cancer journey with you for many different reasons. First and foremost I want this to be a guide, a resource or just a companion and a mood lifter for you to use if you or someone you love is going through breast cancer. I also want to tell you the steps and what to expect when you do get this diagnosis. Lastly and most important I want to share with you what helps me to go through this with my best smile on!
What will you see in the video:
I’m talking about how I discovered my lumps.
Where I went to get them checked, tips on how to get referrals without having to see a doctor.
The three steps before the diagnosis:
-Biopsy – this goes in-depth about the whole procedure, it’s a mini surgery!
Tips on looking for the perfect Oncologist match for you, it is so important to find a doctor you love and trust fully.
Types of possible breast cancers and treatments
I also talk about how my faith played and plays a HUGE role daily on the outcome of this disease and how quickly I’m recovering from it all. I give lots of specifics 😉
I hope to be able to connect with more women going through their own breast cancer journey and that together we can help one another navigate through the ups and downs of breast cancer and emerge stronger and more faithful than ever! Feel free to reach out via email or Instagram DM’s if you want privacy or leave me a comment here with questions or concerns!
Also feel free to let me know what you want to know on the next video. I’ll be going through my appointment with the mastectomy surgeon and the plastic surgeon, as well as procedure and even show you a drain sesh with tips!
Lastly, if you enjoyed the video or found it helpful in any way please like and share it. This helps me to spread the word and grow my channel so I can make more resourceful videos knowing that’s what you are looking for.
Thank you for being there for me!
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Karina , did you take tamoxifen for 5 years.?
I had grade 0 ductal carcinoma in Situ and just finished my surgeries. Had a bilateral mastectomy. After 3 months had my exchange.
Hi Karina. Thank you so much for sharing your breast cancer story. It is so inspiring and helpful. You are a very brave woman. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, October 2018, and I will have a mastectomy on November 21, in less that two weeks. Our diagnosis is very similar: ductal carcinoma in situ, negative genetic test, estrogen positive, but my tumor has taken 98% of my left breast.
I am still deciding about removing one or two. My doctors suggest to remove only one because my risk of getting cancer in the other breast is low.
I am more inclined to removing both but I have no moral support around me since my husband, Doctors and my family says why fix what is not broken.
I would love to speak with you or hear from you about your decision making proces on doing double mastectomy.
I would also love to watch the 2nd part of your journey where you talk about the mastectomy. I don’t see the video posted.
May God bless and protect you always. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so much for leaving me this heartfelt message. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and the lack of support around you. I 100% recommend the bi-lateral mastectomy for many reasons. One you won’t have to worry about having mammograms every year and deal with the stress that it brings. The fact that it will be so hard to match the other breast therefore if you take a look in the mirror and the sad reminder of cancer (at least with both breasts done I figure we’ll get used to it eventually and you can opt for something small and/or close to your size). Finally, insurance covers both breasts right now but if you opt to have it removed in the future I’m not sure how it works.
All that said, it’s such a personal choice and everyone around you need to respect your choice whether it is to keep one or remove both. I didn’t want to take any chances. I hope this helps and I’ll try to film the other video this week!
Thank you Ginna, XX