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BC Update: Diagnosis, Treatment and IVF - Oh my!

So, since my last update I found out that I am definitely node negative and my tumor is highly positive for estrogen receptors, so that'll mean I will be on estrogen blocking hormone treatment for at least 5 years. Chemo is also a definite possibility, but the doctor has submitted a tissue sample for Oncotype DX testing. The testing will tell us if I'm a good candidate for chemo (that is, would chemo be considered over-treatment) and I will definitely need radiation if I don't ultimately decide on having a mastectomy (apparently mastectomy vs. lumpectomy with radiation have almost identical success rates - with mastectomy having a very slight edge).

Tomorrow I get the results of my BRCA/genetic testing.

And, on top of all of that, my husband and I have been undergoing fertility preservation. It's been kind of annoying with all the self injections, mood swings and huge cost of things (thanks, shitty insurance; but a non sarcastic thanks to Livestrong for providing most of the meds for free). I'm now ripe for the picking, so tonight I take my trigger shots and get harvested on Tuesday. I'm a bit nervous about this part. I'm told I'll be put into twilight sedation. I've never had this before, so I don't know what to expect. They tell me I won't feel or remember anything. I hope so!


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