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A Lump in the Road
My Personal Journey with a Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Diagnosis
by Kate Navarra

Overview


This memoir is about one woman's year-long journey with a Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) diagnosis. Though not everyone's path through treatment is the same, this story is filled with emotional ups and downs as she waits for results, schedules surgeries, and recovers from Stage 0 cancer.
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Kate thought she had it figured out. Life so far was pretty straight forward with only a few challenges. When Kate turned 40, an unclear spot was noted on her very first mammogram. She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), a type of cancer she had never heard of, even though there are about 60,000 new cases of it (that is 1 in 5 of every new breast cancer diagnosis) each year in the United States. DCIS is the presence of abnormal cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. It is considered the earliest form of breast cancer and is noninvasive, as it has not spread to invade other parts of the breast. It has close to 100% survival rate. Women who are diagnosed with DCIS live in limbo between being survivors of cancer and not having "real" invasive cancer that requires chemotherapy and/or radiation. But the tests are similar, the waiting for results is identical, and the emotional ups and downs are just as gutting. Kate's journey through a year of cancer diagnoses, doctor's appointments, decisions, surgeries, and recoveries sheds light on her own personal journey through the emotions of cancer. Though no woman chooses the same cancer treatment journey, all will face anger, tears, weakness, laughter, strength, and solidarity.

"A frank and informative work about illness and recovery." - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author


Kate Navarra has had the title of archaeologist, curator, historian, and is reveling in her current career as stay-at-home mom who is rarely home. Diagnosed with DCIS (Dual Carcinoma In Situ) in 2019, she continues to rewrite her story with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She is also the author of "Holyoke: The Skinner Family and Wistariahurst," "Destination Holyoke," and "Lake Sammamish Through Time."

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Book details

Genre:HEALTH & FITNESS

Subgenre:Diseases / Cancer

Language:English

Pages:164

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781098365233


Overview


This memoir is about one woman's year-long journey with a Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) diagnosis. Though not everyone's path through treatment is the same, this story is filled with emotional ups and downs as she waits for results, schedules surgeries, and recovers from Stage 0 cancer.

Read more

Description


Kate thought she had it figured out. Life so far was pretty straight forward with only a few challenges. When Kate turned 40, an unclear spot was noted on her very first mammogram. She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), a type of cancer she had never heard of, even though there are about 60,000 new cases of it (that is 1 in 5 of every new breast cancer diagnosis) each year in the United States. DCIS is the presence of abnormal cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. It is considered the earliest form of breast cancer and is noninvasive, as it has not spread to invade other parts of the breast. It has close to 100% survival rate. Women who are diagnosed with DCIS live in limbo between being survivors of cancer and not having "real" invasive cancer that requires chemotherapy and/or radiation. But the tests are similar, the waiting for results is identical, and the emotional ups and downs are just as gutting. Kate's journey through a year of cancer diagnoses, doctor's appointments, decisions, surgeries, and recoveries sheds light on her own personal journey through the emotions of cancer. Though no woman chooses the same cancer treatment journey, all will face anger, tears, weakness, laughter, strength, and solidarity.

"A frank and informative work about illness and recovery." - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author


Kate Navarra has had the title of archaeologist, curator, historian, and is reveling in her current career as stay-at-home mom who is rarely home. Diagnosed with DCIS (Dual Carcinoma In Situ) in 2019, she continues to rewrite her story with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She is also the author of "Holyoke: The Skinner Family and Wistariahurst," "Destination Holyoke," and "Lake Sammamish Through Time."

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