At 29 years of age, no woman, wife, and mother of two expects to hear the ‘C’ word. Heidi Stone is a registered nurse for Kindred at Home and knew the importance of self-examination and did regular exams.
Heidi noticed some discharge from her nipples in late May of 2014 and immediately called her OB/GYN, Dr. Tiffany General for an appointment. Heidi says, “She said that she felt breast and didn’t really seem concerned.” Her doctor ordered a mammogram and an ultra sound for early the next week. Heidi followed up with a needle biopsy a couple of days later and was given the news she didn’t want to hear. He was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. She immediately was scheduled for a consult with a general surgeon, Dr. Emily Cannon at Flowers Hospital. Heidi was given the options of a lumpectomy or a bilateral mastectomy. She opted for the radical and was scheduled for surgery July 8.
The mass was 9cm and removal was complete. A week later they had to perform a second surgery to cut more off of the left side when more cancer tissues were found. They were able to do an immediate reconstruction so Heidi was not faced with any other surgeries after her second one. Dr. Baker was the plastic surgeon who performed the reconstruction at the same time that Dr. Cannon went back in for the second surgery.
After her second surgery, Heidi met with the oncologist, Dr. McAllister and the decision was made that the risks of chemo outweighed the benefits. Heidi says, “I didn’t have to have any other treatment because I didn’t have any breast tissue left so I didn’t need the chemo.”
She says that although she didn’t have chemo, she did have hormonal changes. Her hair thinned drastically and she had full time hot flashes, something different from her body temperature prior to her surgery.
Heidi’s co-workers see her as a trooper, never ever dwelling on what could and has devastated many women but moving forward with a positive attitude and always full of energy and willing to pitch in wherever needed.
Heidi is married to Michael Stone and at the time of her diagnosis they had two children a boy and a girl. Nadalyn was born in 2010, with Trip coming in 2012. Her post surgery baby arrived in March of this year, a health baby girl, Rhian.