Thursday, December 29

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





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