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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馃槸  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馃槃)  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馃槈馃槈馃槈).......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!!

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Comments (23)

  • Becky Specker
    Becky Specker

    Such a great idea to write this journal and providing another outlet for us to walk with you on this journey. You are an inspiration to me and I know to so many as well. The heart and emotions written in this first entry made it a great read and I look forward to each one from here out. Hugs and Prayers to you and your family!

    2 years agoReply
  • Holly leyda
    Holly leyda

    I cant't imagine the shock you must feel. Your strength is almost tangible in your message. Sending you love and prayers as you complete this part of your journey. I will be with you in spirit and watching yourbuodates as you kick ass. Much love my friend. Holly.

    2 years agoReply
  • Christy Faber
    Christy Faber

    Love it. Thanks for keeping us updated. Again, we are so sorry you have to go through this. Always thinking of you and praying for you.

    2 years agoReply
  • Stephanie Stegmuller
    Stephanie Stegmuller

    Laura, your strength and grace amaze me. Whatever you need, we're here for you! Sending big Hugh's your way!鉂わ笍 Stephanie

    2 years agoReply
  • Lisa Conwell
    Lisa Conwell

    Thank you Laura for doing this journal. I think about you every day. Praying for you and and your family for strength in this journey.

    2 years agoReply
  • Cara Reeves
    Cara Reeves

    Thank you for starting this journal, Laura. We have been keeping you in our prayers. I admire your strength and humor reflecting on your journey so far and what's ahead. You got this and we'll be right here cheering you on! Cara Reeves

    2 years agoReply
  • Micki Slageter
    Micki Slageter

    Laura and Brian, your spirit and strong faith is inspiring. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way🙏🏻鉂😊

    2 years agoReply
  • Jennifer McFadden
    Jennifer McFadden

    Ugh. Those darn tissue expanders!! Do you feel like a turtle with 2 shells? Lol! I did! I forgot about those! Thinking of you and praying too. You will do great! Know that eventually this will all be a memory.(See,I had already forgotten about the expanders) And, like I said before, your new normal(boob wise). Seriously you will feel like you were born with them😉Hang in there Laura. You are not alone and sounds like you have lots of wonderful support. Love ya!!鉂わ笍😘 Jennifer

    2 years agoReply
  • Angie Pettinger
    Angie Pettinger

    Thank you for being so open about your experience. You are incredibly brave and strong. I'll be praying for you every day. God bless you!!

    2 years agoReply
  • Angela maresca
    Angela maresca

    Laura thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Brooke and I have been praying for you since we heard the news. It sounds like you have a busy few months ahead... I hope they go smoothly and quickly for you. You're strong and you will handle will handle this gracefully like everything you do! Sending you much love. 鉂わ笍

    2 years agoReply
  • Nancy
    Nancy

    Nancy McCaffrey Laura, I am a 25 year breast cancer survivor. Thinking of you as you battle this war on your body. I love your Attitude and Fight. Keep up your wonderful spirit. Sending love and prayers from all our family. 鉂わ笍🙏

    2 years agoReply
  • Treva Lambing
    Treva Lambing

    Laura-great idea to do a blog! We're with you in this--and from someone who's been in your shoes, with the support of your amazing family, I know you can do this! Hugs! Treva

    2 years agoReply
  • Betty Sutton
    Betty Sutton

    I thank our Lord that He has chosen you as one of His own. I can't imagine anyone going through this without Him. He is our hope in all parts of our lives. Thank you for keeping us updated because we love you and care about you. Please keep your good attitude through this and we will keep our prayers coming for your healing. Love from Uncle Jim and Aunt Betty

    2 years agoReply
  • Kara Harlan
    Kara Harlan

    Keep up the good fight!

    2 years agoReply
  • Linda Heidorn
    Linda Heidorn

    knowing Laura as a pretty private lady who normally keeps her emotions/feelings to herself, this is quite a courageous journey she is undertaking. I admire her grace, humor, and the attitude she has taken. I feel blessed to be a small part of this with her and Brian and their family. As with everyone who reads her journal, prayers and love come in abundantly because of who she is and the love she readily gives. May God bless her and keep her guardian angel close by. we are all here for you Laura in whatever you need.

    2 years agoReply
  • Missy Hayes
    Missy Hayes

    Laura, we all love you so much and will be with you in this unexpected journey. You are strong and we know you will get through this with all the love, prayers, and support you need.

    2 years agoReply
  • Lisa Severt
    Lisa Severt

    LAURA you are an incredibly strong and brace woman! Please know we are praying for you and your family. We are here for all of you. 😘😘🙏🏼

    2 years agoReply
  • Shannon Meyer
    Shannon Meyer

    Thank you for the low down on exactly what will be going on. I am amazed at your strength and courage. I also know when you add that to all the love and prayers coming your way you WILL beat this! Stay strong and don't hesitate to ask for help with anything! We will have one hell of a girls night out when this is all said and done 😘 Love and prayers Shannon

    2 years agoReply
  • Racquel Allen
    Racquel Allen

    Laura. May God Contiue his Blessings upon you. Thankful that you have courage and sharing this journey with us. Your story has brought tears to my eyes because you are the AUTHOR of it. I can see you 30 years ago with that pretty smile and you smile hasn't changed. I will pray for you and family as this journey continues. Knock it out. 🙏🏿😍#classmate88

    2 years agoReply
  • Louwana Powell
    Louwana Powell

    "Keep a green tree in your heart and the singing bird will come." -Old Chinese proverb- Love ya, Mom

    2 years agoReply
  • Jen Heidorn
    Jen Heidorn

    I hope it is okay I shared your page. I did not only for those who are asking about how you are doing and want to show their support but also so all can see how truly amazing you are! You don't realize everything a person with breast cancer has to endure until someone close to you has it and even then will not truly know unless you yourself are going through it. This gives us a small glimpse and reiterates the brave, strong, angelic, positive, determined, humorous, and phenomenal person you are!! Stay strong and thanks so much for taking the time to share your journey with us. Love ya tons!!

    2 years agoReply
  • Kimberly Metzner
    Kimberly Metzner

    Laura, what a brave thing you are doing here .. I cannot imagine what you and you're family have been put through so far. I must say that the frankness of your entries have really been very eye opening for me. I didn't know all of the things that ladies with Breast cancer endure . Laura , I will be praying for you..for little side affects , for comfort, healing, emotional wellness, strength and energy. I will pray that your family finds comfort , strength, and understanding. Kim Metzner ( Kim Howard RHS 1988')

    2 years agoReply
  • Sue Tiernan
    Sue Tiernan

    Laura, I think of you so often & pray for you & your family daily. You are so brave & inspiring leading all of us to grace & caring for others. Jesus loves you. He is giving you strength. Keep up the good fight! So happy to know you have many special friends & of course, the best family:-) If you need ANYTHING,I'm just a call away. Love & Prayers to you & family, Aunt Sue

    2 years agoReply