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Posted 2015-05-31T15:46:00Z

Genetic Counseling

I have been referred for genetic counseling to see if genetic testing is something that I want to do. This will tell me if I have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, which would make me pre-disposed for breast or ovarian cancer. If I do have the gene, the treatment plan may change to include a double mastectomy and possibly ovary removal. [...]

Posted 2015-05-24T05:58:00Z

MRI Testing

I was referred for an MRI so that a full imaging could be done of my chest. Official results will be back Tuesday, after the holiday, but the physician's assistant said that it appears that the tumor is very near the chest wall and may be attached to the muscle. If so, there's a possibility that I may need chemo BEFORE the surgery to shrink the tumor and to make surgery less invasive.[...]

Posted 2015-05-16T05:52:00Z

First (ever) Mammogram & Sonogram

After explaining my symptoms to the doctor during my physical exam, I was referred to a radiologist to have a mammogram and ultrasound/sonogram. The mammogram was "clear" but a 9mm mass was found during the ultrasound. I was scheduled for a biopsy right away, to be done once I returned to town from being at my brother's wedding.[...]

Posted 2015-05-15T05:00:00Z

Something's Wrong...

This is the day when I noticed something REALLY wrong with my left breast, and had to wait a VERY long weekend before I was able to call the doctor for an appointment on Monday. Luckily, they were able to get me right in. [...]

Posted 2015-05-15T04:00:00Z

Erin's Story, and her Other Blog

My name is Erin Cronican. I'm an actor, a director, a teacher and a producer. And now I'm a member of "The Club" - I have breast cancer. 

I started this website as a way to share medical news with the people in my life who like to know about those sorts of things. It's also a way for people to provide support, in a situation where everyone feels so helpless. People can track my adventures through treatment, leave comments, ask questions, make a donation, and see a calendar of upcoming doctor's visits (in case you'd be interested in keeping me company!) [...]