Survivor Story – Susan

 

In early May of 2019, I found a lump in my left breast and the next week I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. The MMR showed two areas of concern, and after two biopsies, they added Triple Negative to my diagnosis. After 17 rounds of chemo, six weeks of daily radiation and a lumpectomy, I was declared cancer-free!

But the post-lumpectomy pathology — which is not usually done because they know what kind of cancer you have before treatment — revealed that the invasive ductal tumor was ALSO Her-2 positive. So in December, I began the year-long treatment for that. I’m cancer-free, but they are making sure any stray cells will be gone. I’ll complete my treatment in mid-November.

I’m a writer and a grandmother. My faith, and the love of family and friends has surely contributed to my cure. I write about what I call my cancer ‘kidnapping’, on my blog at www.susanbyrumrountree.com. I’m grateful to be able to take part in the Komen virtual walk on September 12, as family and friends will join me to “walk where we are.” And I’m thrilled to help raise awareness and funding so that one day, someone will hear the news: You DON’T have breast cancer!