Hi there, and wow. looking at your tag line, just think how STRONG you are already! That will help your coping in the coming months, as you put your warrior hat back on (with a pink ribbon this time!) Sorry you had to join our club, hope we can be of help to you.
As for the decisions you face, I think you need more information first. There are usually several decisions to make along the way, and this is just the beginning. The best piece of advice I can offer is to get all the info you can and then make your decision that is right for YOU, not what others tell you to do, and go with your gut.
If there are 2 tumors, they may recommend mastectomy. I am not sure they can do 2 lumpectomies. Please ask about
that. Even if the 2nd one is benign, you may still need chemo based on the size,
location and traits of the first one....so prepare for that too (don't expect it, just prepare for it). It is hard to say just rads from a core biopsy, there is more info they need to know, including lymph node status.
For me, radiation was a piece of cake, no real side effects. My breast got tender and pink and more firm, but all normal and tolerable. Chemo was tolerable too, easier than I expected. If you need it, there are lots of great medications to help get you through to ease the side effects.
My other bit of advice is to write down your questions and bring a tape recorder along with a friend or spouse to the appointments. And be sure to take care of YOU!
Hang in there!