12/20/11 I am 49 years old, married with 2 grown children, 2 semi-psychotic dogs and 2 lazy orange cats. On 10/30/11 I discovered a lump in my right breast and was diagnosed with Stage 2, Grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma. Breast Cancer. I have had two biopsies after mammogram and ultrasound, an MRI, heart scan and surgery. I am about to begin chemotherapy, followed by radiation and estrogen suppression. I try to find humor in most situations and there have been some cringe worthy and down right funny moments over the past 2 months. I want to share my journey to being a cancer survivor by trying my hand at blogging.
6/19/12 I have now completed chemotherapy, had my power port removed, been tested for the BRCA gene and will begin radiation next week. Still blogging. Still laughing.
8/20/12 I am done with active treatment, having completed radiation on 8/17/12. I lost a week in July when my sister unexpectedly passed away. Ironically having treatment to focus on got me through the first very difficult weeks after her death. A bone density scan shows strong bones and the addition of Calcium along with daily weight bearing exercise will keep them that way. Today I started taking Tamoxifen and, as with the chemo, I am telling myself that side effects are not mandatory. I’m not always the best listener. I’ll keep you posted.
4/29/2013 My husband became a grandfather!
6/6/13. I am a widow.
12/11/15. In 4 years this blog has morphed from dealing with cancer, to dealing with widowhood and life in general to a kind of rant of things that irritate me. It feels right.
5/29/16 . Why still blogging? because seeing the humor in things is much easier and a lot less messy than opening a vein and blogging about it all is certainly a lot cheaper than therapy.