Motivational speaker and creator Ericka Superb Moore of Tinley Park calls herself an “overcomer specialist.”
That’s as a result of Moore stated she’s overcome low shallowness, bullying, rejection, poor relationship selections, chapter, tragic deaths of family members and suicidal ideas.
Moore can now add “breast most cancers” to that checklist. And when Moore acquired that analysis, she thought, “Properly, I’ve overcome these items. I can overcome this.”
“I’d already constructed up a resistance from going by onerous issues, so I can overcome something,” Moore stated.
Moore might be sharing messages of empowerment, positivity and the significance of screening mammograms on the “Positively Pink: Breast Most cancers Consciousness Discussion board” from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd. in New Lenox.
“Some individuals who hear me converse by no means knew what I’d been by as a result of I’m all the time joyful, all the time smiling,” Moore stated. “However I do know what it was wish to have cried day-after-day for 3 years, too. I do know what it feels wish to be down and hopeless.”
Dr. Laura Ragauskaite, medical director of the Silver Cross Hospital Breast Middle, will focus on breast most cancers detection and remedy. Silver Cross lymphedema specialists will reply questions and supply details about scientific analysis trials.
The occasion is free. Register at bit.ly/3EkkWMR.
Moore, who stated she workouts frequently, wasn’t considering “most cancers” when a bump appeared underneath her left armpit in February 2021. Moore solely thought, “Properly, that’s bizarre. What may it’s?”
She and her mentor at church prayed concerning the bump March 16, Moore stated. However the bump remained.
So in June, Moore’s mentor instructed Moore see the mentor’s physician. Moore didn’t have a main care physician but as a result of her medical insurance didn’t kick in till December 2020, she stated.
So Moore went to the physician in July 2021. The physician stated the bump was a swollen lymph node and instructed Moore change deodorants, Moore stated. The physician additionally inspired Moore to see a gynecologist, Moore stated.
Moore couldn’t get an appointment till Oct. 8, 2021, however she wasn’t anxious as a result of the bump got here and went. In actual fact, the bump was gone the day Moore noticed the gynecologist, she stated.
Nonetheless, the gynecologist beneficial Moore, 44, get her first screening mammogram. Moore did, in December, and was instructed to return for extra scans – after which, finally, a biopsy, she stated.
Now Moore was involved.
Moore had an ultrasound biopsy Dec. 27, 2021 on the Silver Cross Middle for Girls’s Well being and was instructed two days later that she had breast most cancers – in the best breast, not the left.
“The left ended up being nothing,” Moore stated. “Like they stated, it was a swollen lymph node.”
Dr. Laura Ragauskaite, medical director of the Silver Cross Breast Middle in New Lenox, stated Moore had stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma in the best breast.
Moore’s screening mammogram had confirmed “suspicious microcalcifications,” Ragauskaite stated, the explanation why Moore returned to Silver Cross for extra scans.
In January, Moore additionally had an MRI to make sure she had no most cancers within the left breast, Ragauskaite stated.
The MRI did present a lump in Moore’s left breast, in order that was biopsied, too.
“The biopsy confirmed atypical cells,” Ragauskaite stated. “So I beneficial a lumpectomy.”
Moore stated she had surgical procedure at Silver Cross in February 2022 to take away the lump on Moore’s proper facet and the lump on Moore’s left facet. A number of spots surrounding the lump on Moore’s proper facet in addition to 4 lymph nodes additionally have been eliminated.
She now wanted a remedy plan. The Oncotype DX take a look at helped information that call, Ragauskaite stated.
The Oncotype DX is a gene expression take a look at that helps medical doctors make remedy suggestions for girls with early-stage breast most cancers that can also be hormone receptor constructive and HER2-negative, according to the American Cancer Society.
The take a look at examines a set of 21 genes in a affected person’s most cancers’s cells, which obtain a “recurrence rating” between 0 and 100. The rating helps decide the danger of breast most cancers returning in 9 years and if chemotherapy is helpful, the American Most cancers Society stated.
“Her rating was low,” Ragauskaite stated. “So she wouldn’t profit from chemotherapy.”
Moore accomplished six weeks of radiation remedy on the UChicago Drugs Complete Most cancers Middle at Silver Cross Hospital. Radiation is usually given in 30-minute remedies, Monday by Friday, Ragauskaite stated.
As a result of Moore’s most cancers was constructive for each estrogen and progesterone, Moore was beneficial for hormone endocrine remedy, Ragauskaite stated. That remedy usually final for 5 years, she added.
The aim of hormone endocrine remedy is to stop the physique from ensuring hormones or blocking the hormones’ results on the most cancers, the American Most cancers Society stated.
However Moore, who hopes to have kids sooner or later, felt the danger of the remedy wasn’t definitely worth the profit and determined to not have it, she stated.
Ragauskaite stated it’s essential for sufferers to debate their issues and choices with their medical doctors, so sufferers obtain the perfect remedy plan for them. The breast most cancers group additionally holds a multi-disciplinary convention every week to debate circumstances, so remedy is streamlined and never fragmented, Ragauskaite stated
“We discuss every affected person’s analysis of breast most cancers and give you the perfect remedy for every affected person,” Ragauskaite stated. “Everyone seems to be so totally different and really a lot a person. We comply with the requirements, however we simply be sure everyone seems to be on the identical web page.”
Moore additionally had bodily remedy two occasions every week on the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross Hospital, which included massages and arm stretches to stop lymphedema, Moore stated. She faithfully wrote in her gratitude journal throughout all her remedies, Moore stated.
She attended her last radiation remedy Might 13 in a Superman shirt and cape. Moore stated her household and pals pampered her when she turned 45 on Sept. 27.
Nowadays, Moore is feeling as superb as her center title and keen to place her breast most cancers journey behind her.
“My birthday meant a lot to me as a result of I’ve come a good distance,” Moore stated. “I’m actually grateful for my life and grateful that I’m in a contented place.”