So my fear happened today. I have a very lovely woman named Carol that goes with me through my process. She is called my Nurse Navigator. (I drive a Navigator too;) lol. Anyhow…she is one who comes to my appts. with me and answers questions along the way. Probably so I don’t annoy the hell out of the staff;)
Well, today I bit the bullet and emailed her to ask her what stage I was. I haven’t been told exactly…but wasn’t sure I was ready to know either. Anyhow, I sent her and email…and wanted to barf waiting on my results in an email back. DING…. that was my phone….Here it is, the email from Carol that will say what stage I am. (holding back vomitting I read)
Your Type of Breast Cancer, as you know, is triple negative: E – negative, P – Negative and HURS2 – Negative, which tells the Dr what types of chemo you need and what your tumor responds to.
The stage of cancer is based on the size of the tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or any place else.
Your Stage is 2A – which means your tumor was 2cm – 5 cm (3/4 inch to 2 inches), but it has not spread to any lymph nodes and there is no evidence it has spread anywhere else (that is called metastasis). That is good! This is not a high stage – it goes Stage: 0, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 4. So you are on the good end of stages and it hasn’t spread!!
So… there it is. Jennifer Rose Rigano-Denbo has been broken down into a single letter and number…… 2A
The first thing I did was count the stages to see where I fell on the graph line. ( every cancer patient must do this) Well, I am officially #4 of 9 possible. I’m not exactly sure how to feel about this? Should I be happy, sad, mad? I guess I just don’t know what to think just yet. I am a letter and a number. I guess it could be a whole lot better…but on the flipside….a whole lot worse.