Breast Cancer – Our Journey

Welcome to our ongoing series dealing with Ms. Misty’s recently Breast Cancer journey. The diagnosis, surgery, tears, fears, pain and faith.

Life can change in an instant. We began our Breast Cancer journey in August 2018 when I was diagnosed with IDC – Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
  • About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.
  • About 41,760 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer.

Almost 5 months later, on January 2nd of this year, I had a double mastectomy, which will be followed by medication therapy for 10 years.

Recovery has been made more difficult due to my autoimmune issue (also during this time I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have psorisis which has hindered incisions from healing well). Healing will be a long process, taking 6 months to a year before I am fully recovered.

Mr. Misty and I have been through many challenging journeys over the years; this might be the most challenging one yet. It will be a long journey, one we will face like all others: together, side by side. And, we will be sharing it with you.

We hope that by sharing our “Breast Cancer Journey” it will help others traveling the same path.

Have you gone through Breast Cancer? Tell us about it in the comments below – we’d love to read your story.

While busy building our homestead, we never thought to budget for cancer. We are grateful for our dear friend, Karen, who has set up a GoFundMe campaign for us. While it was a difficult decision to allow this, we are humbled and grateful to those who have helped us during this very difficult time.

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