MT. HOLLY SPRINGS — When Kristy Bush called her doctor for the results of her biopsy, she immediately knew something was wrong; they didn’t usually put the radiologist on the phone.
Bush had been through several breast cancer scares before, but all of the lumps found in her breasts had been benign. After her 40th birthday, Bush got another lump checked out. She was confident that the results of her biopsy were going to pose no threat to her life, she said.
“I was absolutely shocked,” she said. “I was really expecting it to be nothing.”
But the former oncology nurse knew what needed to be done to get on the road to recovery as fast as possible. Bush had her MRI, and the doctors started scheduling things. However, she said they were taking too much time, so she took things into her own hands.
“I started making the phone calls myself, for my own appointments,” Bush said. “I just wanted to get them done sooner. From the time of diagnosis to the time of my first chemo was two weeks, which is unheard of.”
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Bush was diagnosed with stage 1, triple-negative breast cancer, which tends to be found in younger patients and in people who carry a genetic predisposition for breast cancer. It is generally more aggressive than other forms, said Brynn Wolff, a breast surgeon at PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center in Harrisburg.