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 had a lot of issues with my mastectomy with partial reconstruction – so many that after about a month of extra ER visits, appointments with my surgeon, hospital stays, and extra surgeries that I finally had the expanders removed. I am the exception and not the rule, but the pain I endured for almost … Continue reading Ready to Reconstruct
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
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
Even though it was almost a year ago, I remember it like it was yesterday … I had just come home to Maryland from a nice two-week vacation visiting my family and friends in Kansas for the holidays and I was ready to get back to my crazy busy life. It was January so that … Continue reading I Was Mad at God
Recently I spoke with a young woman whose mother died of breast cancer at a young age. She is in her early 30s and trying to decide if she should take the BRCA mutation test. I am not a doctor (and don’t play one on TV), but I gave her my personal opinion…She asked me … Continue reading Should You Take the BRCA Test?
Today is a day that I will never forget! I got the amazing news that the chemo worked and my breast cancer is in remission! October 12, 2016 is one of the best days of my life. I suppose that it’s only fitting that I finish my chemo treatment during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Because … Continue reading My Breast Cancer Is In Remission