Cori - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My husbands Aunt (So what my Aunt in law?) just got diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer yesterday. she was the first person in my husbands family (besides my husband of course) that i really connected with and I love my Aunt Terri. I did some research on line and it seems that this type of breast cancer is particularly hard to spot, and hard to diagnose and when it is diagnosed, its all ready considered Advanced. I just am telling everyone that this is out there and i am looking for some positive stories (survival, happy endings etc)
I am having not only a hard time with the thought of such a loved family member having cancer but also having to go through the treatments. Losing her hair, being sick, not having the support from her immediate family (husband, mother, siblings) that she needs. I am across the country from her and I just want to be there for her so badly. She has my husbands parents close to her (about 45 minutes) but her mother lives with her and thinks that still even though she is battling breast cancer should be taking care of her mother first.
I want all of the moms out there to be aware, I know that breast cancer is reduced by breastfeeding but not IBC. IBC cant be seen on a mammogram and is often misdiagnosed as an infection of the breast ducts (like mastitis) and has the same symptoms of mastitis (swelling, redness, pain to the touch) it also has visible signs on the skin that are easy to ignore (small red bumps that look like bug bites, skin changes and is rigid or gets an "orange peel" effect. IBC is rare but occurs more often in women in their 30's. It does not cause a "lump" which is what everyone is used to looking for and aware of.