A story of love, support, hair loss, and boobies!!
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***I have started this page for my friends KIM and Kimberly. If you know me, you know I'm serious about a great, especially personal, cause. This page will be posted until May 18th...known as "Operation: Buzz OFF!!" day. If the goal of $1,250.00 ... More ...
***I had my friend Kim email me her story, as she and her girlfriend are going through this together in Tennessee and I am located in Maryland. As you read this, KIM is the patient and Kimberly is her girlfriend. They share a life in Knoxville, Tennessee with their three children.

It started in July '12, when KIM found the thickening while she was in the shower. It was a subtle change, but there was definitely a change in her left breast. She remembered asking Kimberly to feel it and she agreed that something didn't feel right. There wasn't a lump or a bump; it was just an area that felt thicker than other parts of her breast. KIM agreed to call and schedule an appointment with a doctor to get it checked out. It was September before she could see the doctor, and when she did, she had to convince him to do the breast exam. He actually wanted to say that since she had a clear mammogram in January, she could defer the breast exam, but thankfully Kimberly spoke up and said they would feel better if he would check things out. His exam led to a mammogram, an ultrasound, and an appointment with a "breast specialist". The mammogram and ultrasound were negative so KIM was ready to skip the breast specialist appointment, but once again Kimberly kept her on track and they saw the specialist on October 10th. He agreed that something didn't feel right, so he ordered a breast MRI. Kimberly took the call when the results came in. She walked into KIM's office and told her that the doctor's office had called. KIM immediately asked if it was cancer. She cried when Kimberly told her about the "areas of enhancement" on the MRI and that they needed to do a biopsy. That was the moment KIM knew the journey was just beginning. The next step was another ultrasound. The Dr. talked to them about the lymph nodes on the left not having a "fatty hilum". Of course, that was the first thing KIM Googled when she got home, to better understand the situation. She had the MRI biopsy done on Friday, October 26 and had to wait until Monday afternoon for the results. It was confirmed, KIM was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma. She met with the surgeon the following day and left with a lot of uncertainty and many questions about what to do next. They decided to get a second opinion, and then a third...They were so glad they met with Dr. Gallaher. All of their questions were answered and a plan was put into place. The Lymph node biopsy, Bone Scan, CT abdomen/pelvis, CT head, and genetic testing were all scheduled for the following week. The lymph node biopsy results came in, and one of the nodes came back positive. Her diagnosis was now Metastatic Lobular Carcinoma. They received the pathology report from surgery on November 30th. The right breast was completely benign, the left breast tumor measured 2.2cm and there were spots scattered throughout the breast. 17 Lymph nodes were retrieved from lymph node dissection and all 17 are positive. The oncologist had already developed an aggressive treatment plan based on the type of cancer. Being that KIM is only 43 years old and otherwise in good health, the outlook for recovery looks well, but the road ahead will be a long, grueling one. KIM started her first treatment of chemo today January 8, 2013. DREAM. LOVE. CURE.
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