As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer – lobular carcinoma – in May. Some of you have the details of my journey thus far; for those that don't, I am glad to share with you at your request.
The long and short of it is that after many and multiple tests, I praise God that this tumor is confined to the breast. It has not spread to any other part of my body including my lymph nodes.
I have a wonderful team of doctors at Virginia Mason in Seattle, and a wonderful naturopathic doctor (ND) in Bellevue. In September I will have a complete single mastectomy with initial reconstruction. Prior to and post surgery, I will receive treatment from the ND. My medical oncologist agrees that my decision not to have chemotherapy and radiation is well thought out and reasonable. My ND agrees that surgery to remove the tumor along with holistic treatment is the best course of treatment. Insurance will cover surgery, reconstruction and the hospital stay. However, they do not pay for most of the treatment from the ND; nor do they pay for my rental car and airbnb.
Many of you have asked what you could do and how you could help. Mark and I can manage this expense, but if you would like to share our burden, we will gratefully accept your generosity.