My Final Surgery

Tomorrow, September 7, 2017 I'm having my final breast surgery. I'm excited and extremely nervous at the same time. Tomorrow, my surgeon is removing the temporary breast tissue expanders and inserting the permanent silicone implants. It's been a hell of a ride since getting the call to come in for a follow up mammogram back … Continue reading My Final Surgery

Three Month Cancer Screening: Success

I would be a damn liar if I said that I haven't been stressed, preoccupied, and scared shitless the past few weeks waiting for this first screening since finishing chemo 3 months ago. Three months ... That's it. Honestly, it feels like a lifetime ago, but also like it was just yesterday that I was … Continue reading Three Month Cancer Screening: Success

I Gave the Title “Friend” Away Too Easily

Growing up in Atchison, Kansas, population around 11,000 we were all close. My childhood best friend is still one of my closest (distant) friends.  We waved when we drove past people and spoke to people when in line at the store; pretty much anywhere I went I knew people and it’s still like that.  I … Continue reading I Gave the Title “Friend” Away Too Easily

I Laugh to Keep From Crying

I often get told about how brave I am, how strong I am, how well I handled the cancer, surgeries, chemo, and now life after it all. The truth is – I haven’t handled it well at all. I just don’t let that side show; I smile often even when I want to frown. I … Continue reading I Laugh to Keep From Crying

How My Son Coped With My Breast Cancer

One thing about being a single parent is that we have to be strong. We have no one to share the load with – mentally, emotionally or financially.  So we’re forced to suck whatever life throws at us up, put a smile on our face and keep it moving. Even if life throws cancer at … Continue reading How My Son Coped With My Breast Cancer

I Didn’t Sign Up For All of This

Now that I have completed my chemo and my cancer is in remission, I am doing my best to pick up the pieces and get on with my life … but every time I do, I get a stark reminder that I am not the same. I can’t just jump in and do things like … Continue reading I Didn’t Sign Up For All of This

Sickness…Revealed

After more than a week of being so absolutely miserable, I finally got a real diagnosis and medicine that works.  I have been having what I called “phantom stomach aches” for the past couple months. As with pretty much everything that goes wrong with my body, I attributed it lingering side effects from my almost … Continue reading Sickness…Revealed