I always thought that I would never get breast cancer. I don't know why since it runs in my family so strong. I just never thought it would be me. I had been for my mammogram the week before Thanksgiving and the week after they wanted me to have a biopsy. I had a bad feeling. I have had calcifications for years and always get called back for an ultrasound but this was the first time for a biopsy. On December 14, 2011 I got the diagnosis. LCIS. Some dr's told me it's a marker for cancer. Some said the calicifications were ticking time bombs basically. I researched every story and article I could find and came to the decision that I wanted a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I went to dr after dr only to be turned away. They all told me LCIS doesn't justify a mastectomy. I wasn't giving up. I had read that some women choose to do this and with my strong family history and the calcifications, I knew what I wanted. Finally I found a WONDERFUL dr. I got my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction on March 22, 2012. They sent my breasts to pathology and they found indicators that I would be fighting DCIS in my near future. The mammogram and the MRI didn't pick it up. Had I listened to all the dr's who wanted to do a lumpectomy, radiation and hormone therapy, I would've been fighting for my life and having the mastectomy anyway in the near future. I am so glad that I took the initiative and stuck to what I wanted. Now I have less than a 5% chance of getting breast cancer.
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