While my visit with the oncology team initially went significantly better, it too took a turn for the worse when I refused both Tamoxifen and Radiation in addition to surgery. But that is a topic another day; suffice it to say for now, that I have asked them to close my file and will not be returning anytime soon. I promise to share this story in my next post.
Please, if you take one thing from my experience, consider the importance of being informed and being willing to advocate for the treatment options that you feel are best for you. What has become the most important for me, is to work with professionals who will consider the WHOLE ME and not just my cancer; the one in a jar in some pathology lab in Toronto – because both my mammogram and ultrasound show no evidence of disease. I am not DCIS, I am not a ‘tumor’ and I am not just a ‘patient’. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am not only a physical being, but the sum of my knowledge and experience, and both an emotional and spiritual being. Any medical professional who refuses to consider all the parts of my being, is not the medical professional for me.