This will be the start of my blogging about the new adventure that has been chosen for me. On Dec 7th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tests have proved that is in my right breast and in one lymph node. We are only at the beginning, but I hope that this blog will help keep everyone updated on my progress and also serve an journal that I can look back at one day and say...."Look How I Kicked Cancer's Ass"!
For those of you who I have had a chance to tell, you know that I have the most positive attitude about this journey. I am looking forward to getting skinny in time for bathing suit season, wearing different color wigs depending on my mood (I have always wanted to be a redhead), and the possibility of getting some new perky boobs :) God doesn't give you anything you can't handle and I know that this was given to me for a reason. I am bound and determined to figure out what I am supposed to with this and why I was chosen. I will make the best of this and hope to help other people during the process.
The hardest thing so far is telling people "I Have Cancer" the look on most every one's face is so sad and they look at you like your going to die. The C word is such a hard one for everyone to hear, but things are so different these days. They are curing cancer right and left. It is no longer a death sentence. I heard a story the other day about a doctor who works at MD Anderson. He is like 75 years old and people keep asking him when he is going to retire. He said that this is such an exciting time and they are curing cancer so often he can't leave now. This is what he has been working his entire career for. So next time someone tells you they have cancer please respond to them with something positive like...."you can beat this" with a smile on your face. Take my word for this you will make their day.
At this point I do know that we will be starting chemo right after Christmas, I will be able to go home to Florida for Christmas yay!. The doctor wants to treat this aggressively and in her words "we will cure this and it will NOT come back". That is pretty much all I needed to hear. I am ready to start this fight! I have a CAT Scan and a PET Test scheduled for Friday afternoon. These will tell her how far the cancer has spread. Since we know it is one lymph node it could very well be in more. I will have the results of these tests on Monday and then I will know more about the course of action and when we will start the chemo.
So please keep checking back if you want to keep up with this journey, I will try and update a few times each week. I am in for a fight but I am primed and ready to take this head on. I am way too young, healthy, stubborn and not to mention mean, to let this take me out.