Friday, March 12, 2010
Today was a day of sad news. My best friend, Carol's daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She's only 23 years old! I work in Women's Health care and 23 is the youngest I have ever seen diagnosed. In the last 10 years I have seen only 2 cases of women in their 20's and those were the upper 20's. Of course I know any kind of cancer can affect anyone at any time, but I just never expected this diagnosis. I spent hours reassuring Carol that biopsies are done everyday and that I was very confident her daughter's would be negative. I was SHOCKED to find out otherwise. She (her daughter) is out on disability from the Army due to repeated stress fractures in her lower extremities so she went to a VA hospital for the mammo/sono/MRI. Now they are searching for a breast surgeon for her. I don't yet know the type of cancer, only that the radiologist and doctor told her it is large and appears very involved. She had an ultrasound guided biopsy, but will now have a surgeon do a more extensive biopsy and decide on a course of treatment. She was advised it would likely be surgery, chemo and radiation, but we don't have more details yet.
On the other hand...my daughter's best friends little girl who is 2, was admitted to the hospital today with a diagnosis of meningitis. She had febrile seizures and went into respiratory arrest and is now on a ventilator. I know kids are very resilient so I'm hoping she will pull through and do well, but she is very sick at the moment. I am not clear whether it is bacterial or viral. She has been unresponsive and it isn't yet known if she suffered any permanent brain damage.
It is a tough time for both of our friends....