Friday, October 24, 2014

30 facts in 30 days, Day 24

Radiation may seem like "a walk in the park" vs. chemotherapy, especially to those who haven't had it. In my own case, I could have chosen lumpectomy and radiation over the double mastectomy without radiation, but because I had a tumor in each breast, my risk of long-term health issues was much higher.

I was criticized for choosing such a drastic surgery for stage 0 (DCIS) cancer. However, as I already have an autoinflammatory disease and seem to be the "side effects queen," my doctors warned me that due to the location of my tumors, I would end up on permanent asthma meds (my asthma currently only flares if I get sick), and there was concern because I have a heart murmur. 

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