If youíve read the ďAnn Arbor, 3rd annual 50+ summer rideĒ thread you know I wonít be able to participate in this event. Unfortunately it looks like my bike riding will take a back seat to health problems this summer.
During a routine checkup last month my doctor discovered a lump in my breast. The first few days after this discovery were a blur of activity Ė mammogram, ultra sound and a referral to the best breast cancer doctor in our area. I live within three miles of an excellent cancer treatment center that specializes in breast cancer.
My breast cancer doctor performed a biopsy and confirmed the tumor was malignant. All this happened right before my scheduled bike ride in Alabama. After talking with the doctor we decided it would be fine to go ahead with the bike trip. I really needed and appreciated the week off from all the depressing news.
Upon my return to the real world the doctor did further test to determine the course of treatments. I will be having a lumpectomy followed by radiation treatments. The type of radiation will be determined from information gathered during the lumpectomy. Iím hoping to meet the criteria for MammoSite 5-day targeted radiation therapy. If I donít qualify for this procedure, Iíll be doing the 5-7 week radiation treatment program.
Since I have several relatives with breast cancer I qualified for some genetic testing to determine if my family has a gene for breast/ovarian cancer. Thankfully those test results were negative.
The cancer has been discovered early and I have the best breast cancer treatment team. Iím anxious to get this problem behind me and back on the bike. My family doctor and cancer doctor both agree that catching it early and my overall excellent health will be a big help in my recovery.
I was scheduled to ride GOBA and I intend to do a couple days of the tour. The lumpectomy has been scheduled and Iíll need to leave the ride early to keep that date.