(2/4) “I found the lump while I was breastfeeding and I just knew it wasn’t a clogged duct. I knew something was wrong. I had been breastfeeding for two and a half years; I was very aware of my body. The local doctor said it was a blocked duct, to massage it and use heat. The following week I called the doctor again, and said they had to do something for me, that this was not a clog. During this time, I found out I was pregnant, so when I went to do a therapeutic ultrasound to break up what they still were sure was a clog, they refused to do it. When I went back to the doctor they told me there was nothing they could do now, since I was pregnant. So I scheduled a pregnancy appointment with my OB here in Portland. I put it on my OB paperwork that I had a lump and I was concerned but that my other doctor hadn’t been helpful. The moment she saw this she immediately put me in for a diagnostic ultrasound on that same day. She didn’t mess around. I went and got the ultrasound and biopsy, and the results came back the day of my 14-week pregnancy check up. So the day we went in for our pregnancy check up was the day they sat me down and told me it was cancer. It’s in my breast and my lymph nodes, so because it has moved, its metastatic. But because I’m pregnant, I can’t do a PET scan. They can’t confirm if it’s gone further than that, so our best guess at this point is that it is stage 3."
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