Missy, welcome to the club no one wants to join! I'm sorry you've received this diagnosis, but you've come to the right place; we're here to answer your questions and support you.
The type of breast cancer you have (its name is generally shortened to IDC) is the one most survivors have; it's the most common type of breast cancer. Which is good news for you, as that means there's a LOT of data around what constitutes successful treatment. Please read our post on infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC) for lots of good information.
There's no doubt much you want to know about the breast cancer experience; and you're going to have to pick it up fairly quickly, as soon you'll be making decisions around your treatment: surgery, perhaps chemo, perhaps radiation, perhaps hormone therapy or other drugs. Our resource page for survivors who've just been diagnosed (that's right,you're a survivor from the moment of diagnosis) provides links for everything from how to tell people you have cancer, to understanding this confusing new vocabulary, to dealing with cancer's emotional impact.
It takes awhile to get your bearings, I know; this is an incredible shock. But I want you to know that millions of us have gone through breast cancer, and have gone on to lead good, healthy lives. You'll never be the same person you were before; cancer changes all of us – and it can be for the better. So take heart; once you're past these first days of feeling like you've been kicked in the gut, you'll get your bearings, and start moving forward. And we'll be with you every step of the way; we hope you visit here often, as you have questions, or just feel the need of support from this warm, welcoming community. Take care- PJH
That is a great attitude, Missy. Education is the key!
You will learn more about everything when you go to that appointment. I guess right now, the hardest thing is to know that it is in there, and trying daily not to freak out over it. The path report guide on here is really good to read through, so when you have any questions at all, right them down and ask the doc. Ask, ask, ask. DOn't worry about being the pesky patient! This is what they do, and you are an individual and very rare! Hang in there, and keep me posted,
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