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Posted 2018-06-20T18:52:11Z

Drumroll, Please!

So there have been some little glitches with washing hair and twisting my knee a little and one little area that’s not healing perfectly (should be ok). I’m still quite uncomfortable, but . . . none of it matters. What matters is I DON’T HAVE CANCER. I am a PREVIVOR. The breast surgeon called to say that there were many, many areas of abnormal tissue and that I was a “ticking time bomb” (my words). She said that cancer was just waiting to happen, and I got it in time and shouldn’t doubt any part of my decision for a second. SO many tears of joy and relief. I’m proud that I followed the harder but more forward-looking path!
THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY NEAR AND FAR. The cards. The packages. The flowers. The emails. The Facebook posts. The phone calls. I do need to send one particular shout out to my new friend, Kristine, who lives in New Jersey. She saw a post I wrote on a Prophylactic Mastectomy group on Facebook describing my LCIS diagnosis. It’s not so common, and she, too, has this diagnosis. She reached out to me, and we’ve become close offering for each other a sounding board, an opinion, support, encouragement, etc. Today, she sent me a package filled with the most special and beautiful care package. I am astonished how, again and again, blessings come from struggle. Kristine and all of you are true blessings to me.
I still have a ways to go and some hurdles to jump through. The tissue expanders that have to stay in me for a few months before the actual implants can be placed are painful and there’s still risk of infection. I’m doing everything I’m told to make that unlikely and will have to work on developing a higher threshold for discomfort than I’ve had in the past. I was sent a lovely quote -- “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” That’s the plan.
On another note, for those who are able, I’m eager for short visits and outings and celebrations (more energy each day), so feel free to let me know if you’d like to come by.
All my love!

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Comments (8)

  • Linda P Brown
    Linda P Brown

    What extraordinary good news—and a little early, wasn’t it? I thought they were telling you on Thursday—how great not to have to wait another day. Thank you for the new word, and the new concept: previvor. It makes a person think deeper thoughts than usual. Love from Brooklyn Linda

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  • Katy Karnell
    Katy Karnell

    FANTASTIC JOYOUS news! Sharing your thrill and excitement. How wonderful for you and Geoff and your family. I love the quote "the comeback is always stronger than the setback." Am going to remember that one. Lots of hugs and kisses. xoxo, Katy

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Barb McCreedy
    Barb McCreedy

    Drum roll is right!! Great news Emily! What a journey. Looking forward to an outing! Thinking of you both. Barb

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Carolyn Stanek Lucy
    Carolyn Stanek Lucy

    YAY! Sounds of champagne corks popping and images of Snoopy's happy dance are filling my mind! And I LOVE that quote about the stronger comeback! YES!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Marcia Lebeau
    Marcia Lebeau

    Thank Goodness! The main point of the book "Running with Wolves" is that women need to follow their intuition. In your case, you followed your intuition and you were right. The Lebeau women always believe that a decision like the one you had to make about the preventive mastectomy, can and must be a personal decision. You followed gathered all the information available to you, consulted with experts and then followed your tuition. May your healing continue.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Morag MacDonald
    Morag MacDonald

    Em, We are doing a 'happy dance' here in Maine!! Such Joyous news. Biggest hugs to you both.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laurie Sparling
    Laurie Sparling

    Em, I am so very happy to hear that you’re cancer free. You did indeed choose a tough path, and your bravery and openness have thoroughly inspired me. Setback, schmetback! You’re making a huge comeback!! (Love that...) —Laurielove

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Rosemary Lubinski
    Rosemary Lubinski

    What wonderful news, Emily! We are so very proud of you and pray that your recovery continues well and quickly. You should consider yourself a wise woman.

    2 years ago · Reply