I had my first breast biopsy when I was 25, in 1972. This showed I had cystic breasts. Over the years I had them aspirated. Then at age 35, in 1982, I had a hysterectomy. One ovary was left in, but didn’t produce much estrogen so I was put on Premrin, which I was on for 8 years. I went for mammograms every 6 months.
I had an aspiration done in January 1992 and in April my dog fell against my left breast and it really hurt. The area where the cyst was – was now very hard. I called my OB/GYN, Dr. Semler, the next day and he had me come in that afternoon. He tried to aspirate the lump, but couldn’t get anything out. He felt it was scar tissue, but wanted me to see a surgeon. The next day I had an appointment with Dr. Wagner in the afternoon. He said it would be best to have it biopsied. So I went in on May 6th at St. Michaels Hospital.
When I was in the recovery room I heard the doctor say, “Get her husband in here.” I knew that it wasn’t going to be good news. We were told I had cancer, not scar tissue and that he booked the operating room for the next day to do a lumpectomy with lymphadectomy. I met with Dr. Dubner and he told me it was stage I carcinoma with a 1.5 cm primary.
I went through 5Fu MTX and cytoxan 6 treatments. I was estrogen receptor negative, so no medication was given to me. Then I went through my radiation at St. Joseph’s hospital with Dr. Sherman. I ended radiation in January 1993. Then for 8 years I saw Dr. Dubner two times a year after that once a year. Over the years I have had cysts again and spots showing on mammograms. In November 2006 and May 2007 I have had two needle biopsies done at St. Mary’s/Columbia breast center.
So far I have been lucky. I go back from a mammogram in July. Hopefully nothing will show up. So far it’s been fat necrosis. My Doctors were wonderful to me and going through this I saw a very caring side of my husband. I also had a great support group at Waukesha Hospital.