Cheryl Solomen writes about understanding her diagnosis, maintaining her routine and doing the activities she enjoys while living with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer.
I was diagnosed with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer in October 2012.
I was visiting with my daughter in Florida with my fiancé in September. While showering, I felt a mass in my left breast – it was hard and I was terrified.
When I got back home I called my primary care doctor and went to see her. During the appointment, she said she didn’t think it was anything to worry about. With that I was supposed to be appeased, but I wasn’t – I knew something was wrong. I insisted that I wanted a script for a mammogram and ultrasound. I went for these tests the same day and the radiology technician said preliminarily that the lump looked abnormal – the technician suggested I see a specialist. I went back to the doctors very upset. I saw another doctor and he referred me to a breast specialist whom I saw the next day.
The specialist was wonderful and comforting and insisted it was early and “we caught it.” “How do you know that?” I asked. I wanted to make sure. I semi-digested the news and was ready to begin my treatment plan. Then I learned that my PET scan showed the breast cancer had metastasized to my lymph glands and liver. I didn’t even know what that word metastasized meant or what any of this meant. Tests also revealed that I was diagnosed with triple-negative disease. Another term I had never heard. That was scary. Continue reading