12 August 2013 = Cancer Free For Me!

As of Monday, August 12, 2013, it’s official. I’m CANCER FREE!

And all of this is 5 months.


Here’s what I learned from March 28th to August 12th:

1) Always listen to your mother

2) It’s not a lump. it’s a frozen pea.

3) If you feel a hard frozed pea anywhere in your breast, get it checked out ASAP!!!

4) If the pea is squishy like it is defrosting, not urgent but not good.


James Watkins (my husband) was with me for every single appointment, visit, everything. He takes care of me and loves me. And I love him.

  • Jan, Feb, March 2013: mom keeps telling me to get a physical
  • March 28 2013: I get a physical. Dr feels a small lump basically in my left armpit. Was leaving the next day on a business trip, but set up a mammogram for day I came back.
  • April 8 2013: Get mammogram, and Dr wasn’t comfortable with what she was seeing. She did immediate biopsy
  • April 9 2013: I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. And I named my lump “Lumpy” short for Lumpina.
  • May 7 2013: I had 3 surgeries at once. They removed Lumpy (yippee). They removed some of my sentinel lymph nodes (to determine if Lumpy was spreading), and the girls got a free reduction and lift!!!!
  • June 2013: Determined that I did NOT NEED CHEMO (there was much rejoicing and happy dances that day)
  • July 2-August 12 2013: Every Mon-Fri, my husband drove us 20 miles to radiation center where my left breast was blasted w/radiation to kill any rogue Lumpy cells. And then he drove me to work, and picked me up. Every single day.

Except for about 2-3 weeks to recover from surgery, I worked this whole time.

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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