I visited my oncologist today for the first time and learned my DNA test results. Based on my low score, I will not need radiation or chemo. Todd and I are so very thankful for this news! I will start taking a pilll tomorrow that will block hormones that spurred my cancer. For the next two years, I will visit the oncologist every three months and then transition to every six months for the remaining three years.
i will never declare that I have beaten cancer. Cancer is a formidable adversary that flipped my world and my family’s world upside down. I will say that cancer, a bump in my road, is starting to appear in my rearview mirror. I still have more reconstruction work to complete during one week in March and two weeks in April if all goes as planned. The tiredness will persist for several months, but I am fine with tired.
When I started this journey, I gave it to God, and He has made this bump manageable. With every road He leads me down, I grow wiser.
Early detection was so important to my journey. Get a mammogram sooner rather than later. If you have a history of breast cancer, as I do, consider a breast care specialist. In mid-November my OB/GYN did a breast exam and found no problem. A week later, Dr. Seda saw a dimpling, did a biopsy right then, and a few days later, I was given a diagnosis that no one wants to hear.
Furthermore, make your decisions with God and the love of your life. A bilateral mastectomy was selected because one breast could not be saved, and I have endured multiple biopsies in the last few years that left Todd and I on an emotional rollercoaster. We were ready to stop those rides, and once the microtrace was found in the lymph node, we were so glad the mastectomy was already done.
When it comes to cancer, everyone has a story to share, but you have to write your own. Breast cancer research has yielded treatments and care, not available even two years ago, so do your research.
I want to thank Todd, mom, my employer, and the countless prayer warriors who have walked this road with me. I am blessed and loved.
I will be at work tomorrow doing what I love best, teaching! Thank you, God, for providing me with this wonderful life.