Someone Needs Our Help Please Read

Hi everyone I hope you all had a great Holiday weekend! As a lot of you know I got the good news that I PASSED THE BAR! I am so excited to get this good news and even better I got sworn in yesterday! I have to thank everyone of my readers for all the support, kindness and encouragement. Its been a tough journey but I hear I am a survivor and now lawyer too. If I can do it so can you. Just because you get a difficult diagnosis does not mean you have to give up your dreams!

I also wanted to share with you an email I received recently in hopes that one of my readers would have some advice or insight. Please read the following email I received and let me know if you can help:

Hi. Thanks so much for getting in touch with me.

I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I Went to my fourth chemo session yesterday and was told that it might be my last. That is, probably no more chemo needed. In three weeks's time, I will have an ultrasound scan of the left breast plus the axillary nodes to the left, plus have many blood tests. Then am scheduled to see my oncologist and a surgeon two days later.

Although my oncologist has twice said that I may not need surgery if my MRI scan was negative for a tumour in the left breast, he is now saying we need to see what the surgeon is saying. I have been to that surgeon twice already (my daignosis was quite confusing so ended up seeing surgeons initially) and certainly before I started treatment he recomended a masectomy of the left breast. He admitted there was no evidence of cancer in it, that microcalcifications might suggest cancer but did not state it was there and, providing my scans are negative as the oncologist believes they will be, think I might be placed in a predicament to have a preventative masectomy of the left breast.

If it will prolong my life and prevent the cancer from returning, think I have no choice but am very keen to speak to other women who have breast cancer without any evidence of a primary tumor in the breast.

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Stesha said...

Yay! So happy that you passed the bar. You rock!

Sorry I can't be much help on the other issue:(

Hugs and Mocha,

Anonymous said...

well done on passing the bar!!

Sara Diana said...

Its great to hear such great and positive news from a fellow fighter and survivor.

Love, Hope & Strength


Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

WOOOO! Look out world...Meaghan is a lawyer and she means business! CONGRATS!

As far as the breast cancer question, I don't know anyone in that situation. I feel for her--it's a big decision to make!

Michelle said...


I'm calling you if I ever get into trouble!

Sacrificing a breast would be a hard thing to do but it if it could save my life I would do it in a heartbeat. There's always reconstructive surgery. Sorry I didn't mean that to sound insensitive just meant that it's not the end of her life to give up her breast.

Wow Im BAD at giving advice, my thoughts are with her.

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

WOOHOO, congrats to you!

gillian said...

thanks michelle for your comment. i do agree. Need to do more research and will clearly hear more from surgeon and my oncologist after I have the scans, but it does seem tragic if they remove the breast and there is no cancer in it. But if i have to, will do it. Would probably have immediate reconstruction. But still curious to communicate with someone in the same situation. All the doctors I have been to have said it was unusual but not unheard of to not have a primary tumour - but I am still trying to find someone in the same situation.

Brandi said...

So happy for you Meaghan! That is a major accomplishment!

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