Katrina C Diagnosed at 27
My journey began on September 15, 2020. I got diagnosed Stage 2B Breast Cancer with ER/PR Positive, BRCA 2 Positive, and HER Negative. I had done a port placement surgery followed by 16 rounds of chemotherapy. During the journey, I had gone through acute pancreatitis and Type 2 diabetes.
After chemotherapy, I got scheduled to do a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction followed by a full hysterectomy. I underwent 25 rounds of radiation and took a slight break for the holidays the year of 2021. As the year 2022 began, I got scheduled to do my DIEP FLAP Reconstruction surgery February 2022. It had been a very tough recovery at this time because I ended up getting an infection about 2 weeks post op, followed by severe nausea from an antibiotic I had just taken. Luckily, with stopping the antibiotic it had helped me become better. I am currently undergoing Hormone Therapy for five years, infusion treatments and targeted therapy for six months to help prevent reoccurrence and with my genetic mutation.
As of two weeks ago 7/14/2022, I underwent the Phase 3 of revision reconstruction breast surgery. My plastic surgeon's team and I have decided to do liposuction, breast reduction/abduction with abdominoplasty or something to do with my abdomen. So far, everything is healing in order. I am currently recovering just fine and bruised/swollen during this recovery period.
Needless to say, I am currently writing my book about the journey, and it's supposed to be released 2023 sometime. I have learned so much from my Breast Cancer Journey, I am a strong, fearless, positive person and to this day no matter what life throws at me I tend to fight what I am made for. I never take my life granted, because I learned you never know what tomorrow could bring for you.
Throughout the journey, I had gotten an amazing support system from my amazing husband, both sides of family, amazing friends, work family, and of course the Lord himself. I couldn't have done it with an amazing oncology team plus all of my doctors, wonderful physical therapist and everyone who is still there on my journey to this day.
I am very grateful, thankful, and blessed.
This is my story.