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  • Tara Darby Rasheta

All I want for Christmas is Just Breast Cancer

Updated: Feb 20, 2018

Sounds like a strange request, but it's totally legit.


Finding out I have breast cancer at 35 has been a big enough blow. I barely had a chance to digest that info before my doctor was calling in more tests to confirm that the cancer had not spread. What? Spread? I hadn't even imagined that as a possibility- after all I've been so healthy up until now. I feel fine. I don't look sick.

So my Christmas wish became to ONLY have breast cancer.

At first it seemed that my wish had come true. My insurance would only cover a breast MRI, but we chose to pay out of pocket for the additional tests that had been called in by my doctor: a CT of the chest and abdomen with and without contrast, a bone density scan and a brain MRI. I ended up chickening out of the brain MRI, guess I suffer from claustrophobia too. When I raced to the imaging center one morning at 8:00 am to pick up my results and the radiology reports I saw the word unremarkable. That was GOOD!

In my entire life I never thought I'd be so happy to be considered "unremarkable".

But perhaps the little happy dance I did in my car that early morning was a bit premature. About a week after my tests results were in I met with my oncologist and when she read the reports she found some troubling results in my lungs. She has required that we confirm that there is no presence of cancer in my bones before starting chemo. So here I am writing this and waiting at the hospital to complete my bone scan and really hoping that my Christmas wish sticks.


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