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

Nine-Month Cancer Screening

I went in yesterday for my 9-month cancer check-up with my oncologist. For the past week I was on pins and needles – and my anxiety level was through the roof. As any breast cancer survivor will probably tell you – we all live with the constant fear of the cancer coming back. We have … Continue reading Nine-Month Cancer Screening

At Least One Thing Wasn’t Permanent 

After my very first chemo treatment on June 9, 2016 I immediately had a menstrual cycle. It was completely out of cycle, but I figured it was the chemo messing with my body. It was horrible, chemo sickness and nausea, and then cramps to boot! But then it went away in two days. I thought … Continue reading At Least One Thing Wasn’t Permanent 

More Decisions To Make…

I met with my OB/GYN yesterday. It was the first time I’ve seen her since she ordered my annual mammogram last year. My oncologist was wonderful at keeping her in the loop and sending her all of my test results so she knew about my breast cancer. I expressed my concern that I still haven’t … Continue reading More Decisions To Make…

Express Yourself

I had to wait 4 1/2 weeks until my surgery, on top of the 3 1/2 months I had already been talking to doctors, having tests and waiting. I was so sick of waiting. I have this deadly disease and had been told by my oncologist that it’s one of the most fatal on its own, but … Continue reading Express Yourself

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