In August of this year (2019) Norma was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. Approximately a month prior to diagnosis, Norma went in for her annual mammogram. She had been feeling some pinching and tingling in her left breast and it was time to get in for a check-up anyway. A mass was found and an ultrasound was performed followed by a biopsy. The biopsy confirmed that she has breast cancer. Additional testing confirmed that the cancer is triple negative (no markers for HER, Progesterone or Estrogen). The cancer has not spread to any lymph nodes and thankfully has been caught early.
Norma has been very busy with scheduling and getting to appointments since diagnosis to see Oncologists, Geneticists, Surgeons and her Acupuncturist. An MRI was performed per standard procedure following her Oncologist appointment, and another mass was found in the same breast. A biopsy on that mass was performed and it was determined that the mass is the same cancer as the initial mass found. This information changed the initial plan of therapy, but the family is relieved that it is the same cancer and not something completely different.
On September 10, 2019, Norma had her port implanted. This was done so there will be consistent IV access. Norma was sore around where the port was placed, but the pain has gone and the incision site has healed.
The plan moving forward is chemotherapy and then surgery. Chemotherapy started on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. She will be receiving 4 rounds of Adriamycin & Cytoxan and then 4 rounds of Taxol. These will be via infusion through her port every other week for a total of 8 rounds. Aside from a headache and some anxiety, Norma has been feeling pretty good. She is trying to rest and enjoy time spent with family and friends.
Just a few extra notes:
1) Once chemo starts, for her protection, Norma will be unable to receive fresh flowers or live plants. Any visitors should be free of illness, and should not have been around anyone ill in the previous 48 hours. Please also avoid any scented products (lotions, body products, etc) and any sweets/ sugary treats.
2) Norma has given the go-ahead to share the link to this site, with other friends and family, and on social media. However, please use discretion, and take measures to ensure that the links are not made available to the general public, for their privacy, and the safety of the family.
Norma greatly appreciates all of the love, support and prayers received. Life will be busy and a bit unpredictable at times as she continues this journey. Please know that any messages and calls will not go unnoticed, but may not be replied to immediately.
Thank you for being a part of Team Norma!