Happy Birthday, Taylor!
Quote of the Day: “The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.” Fra Giovanni Giocondo
Today is my last surgery. I’m getting in under the wire this year and able to max out my deductible. Grateful to be here. Looking forward and hoping for 2 minutes of courage while they put in the IV. I’ll remember to breath and take my mind somewhere other than the present situation. This surgery should be easier than the last 2. They have warned me that I will feel really good and so I must take it easy meaning 4 weeks off from running and tennis. I can walk though and so will be back to putting in the miles, walking not running, which I find joy in also. Here are my hopes for this surgery: really great looking breasts for many, many years and I’m just going to say that I think I deserve them!
I love that my life is getting back to my “normal”. I love that I’m not thinking about cancer all the time. I love that I feel positive about the future. I feel like I have lived a lifetime, and then some in 2011.
Here’s my timeline of events:
February 2- mammogram
February 7- call back on mammogram appointment, they performed ultra-sound where they found “highly suspicious” evidence of cancer in lymph nodes and small lump in breast
February 14- biopsy of breast lump and one lymph node
February 16- cancer diagnosis, call from Jen and then IMC at Office Max
February 18- MRI
February 24- surgery- lumpectomy w/ 11 lymph nodes removed
March 22 Chemo starts every other Tuesday, 8 treatments: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14, June 28
April 8- shave head as hair is getting thinner
April 18, surgery: port placement
April 19- results of BRCA 1 gene: positive
June 28, chemo ends
July 7, surgery: mastectomy
August 15, radiation treatment starts, 5x weekly for 25 times until Sept. 22
Friday, September 9, Lynne passes away early in morning
Sept. 22, radiation treatments complete
Oct. 5, surgery: hysterectomy
December 29, surgery: breast reconstruction
Picture post surgery