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Posted 2017-05-22T23:51:00Z

No more chemo!!!!!

Today marks the completion of 16 rounds of chemotherapy......hooray!!!!  I will start 6 weeks of daily (Mon-Fri) radiation in mid June, so for now I have a little vacation from treatment:)   As you can see in the pic above, I have ditched the winter hats and gone blonde and STRAIGHT (my dream come true)!  [...]

Posted 2017-02-21T01:45:00Z

Adiós Red Devil!!!

A small celebration in my was the LAST of my four "red devil" chemotherapy treatments.......hooray!! Now, as I prepare to go into hibernation for the rest of this week and sleep it off, I can be hopeful that it will be the LAST time (the next 12 weekly treatments are supposed to be easier on me).  Those start in two more weeks.[...]

Posted 2017-01-24T19:51:25Z

2 Down and 2 To Go

Yesterday marked the halfway point of my four rounds of the "tougher" chemo treatments!!! (They tell me that the last twelve will be much easier as far as side effects).  Today I don't feel too bad....just a little nauseous now & then.  This morning I had a big burst of energy from the steroid they give me which allowed me to plow through a mountain of paperwork that needed attention.....In hindsight, I probably should have used it to clean😉  [...]

Posted 2017-01-12T17:51:14Z

Blueberry smoothies and cashmere beanies

Who doesn't love a nice care package? Especially when it is delivered in person by none other than your mom!!  Not knowing what my side effects from the first chemo treatment would be, she came down to take care of me yesterday (and just happened to bring some goodies too).  Fortunately, I wasn't feeling too bad other than a little nausea.  She made us spinach salads for lunch (she is absolutely positively adamant that I eat nothing but healthy cancer fighting foods😄 sugar😭😭😭) and then we got to just relax & chat the whole afternoon.[...]

Posted 2017-01-11T03:31:20Z

January 10, 2017

First and foremost, I want to thank all of my wonderful family & friends for the outpouring of love, prayers, & support you have shown me.  It has been two months since I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma breast cancer.  After two mammograms, an ultrasound, an original diagnosis of DCIS (non incasive ductal carcinoma), two different biopsies, and what seemed like forever to finally get an answer, we had a diagnosis.  It has been five weeks since my bilateral masectomy and sentinel node biopsy (in which 2 of the 5 lymph nodes they removed contained cancer) and yesterday was my first chemotherapy treatment.  As for side effects, so far so good....but not over the 48 hour hump yet😯  My next three treatments will be every two weeks on Mondays.  Then I will have a chemo treatment every week for twelve weeks.  After a short break, I will have radiation treatments everyday Mon-Fri for six weeks.  After several months to allow my skin to heal from radiation, I will finally have my reconstruction process completed (and I can hardly wait to say goodbye to these brutally uncomfortable tissue expanders😄)  And finally, anti-hormonal therapy for five years and injections to put me in early menopause (that could be as bad as the tissue expanders.......maybe even more so for my family😉😉😉).......Most days, this all doesn't seem real to me......pinch me I'm dreaming kind of thing. My faith, hope, and wonderful family & friends are guiding me along this long journey and I couldn't feel more grateful or blessed.  And if you've made it this far without falling asleep I promise my future journal entries will be lighter and more entertaining to read!![...]