My Story

Bring It On! Kay at the Top Of The Remarkables Mountains Queenstown

Bring It On!
Me, two days before my first Breast Cancer operation.
Standing at the top of The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand 2017

Breast Cancer

In 2017 I was 39 and living in New Zealand when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Based on a recent family diagnosis I had requested an early mammogram. I did not know I had any form of cancer, I did it to 'get me in the system'.

The mammogram caught my first tumour - Invasive Lobular Carcinoma - in my right breast. As I had dense breast tissue the surgeon ordered an MRI to check for any other disease. The results showed I had another tumour - Mucinous Carcinoma - in my left side.

The plan was to have a bi-lateral lumpectomy with radiotherapy treatment. Unfortunately the lumpectomy pathology (laboratory examination of samples of body tissue) showed I also had  Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). The next step was a double mastectomy with full reconstruction.

The mastectomy results showed I had Lobular Cancer in Situ (LCIS - is not considered cancer, but having LCIS does increase your risk of later developing an invasive breast cancer). Therefore I had three types of Breast Cancer plus one possibly brewing. I had made the right choice to take them off.

I returned to Ireland in late 2017 after my surgeries and treatment.

I am happy to say that I am now 5 years NED (no evidence of disease) and have been discharged from Oncology at St.Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH).

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