My journey with breast cancer started in 2005, and although I was miraculously cured by a new drug, my battle has never stopped. Being a "Survivor" is a term we hear often, but many don't know exactly what that means. After watching my sister get diagnosed five years after me, I literally had to endure it all again. Here are just six things we had to deal with? I'd love for you to add some of yours?...more
When I got my breast cancer diagnosis, I went thru denial. What? Me? Breast cancer? No, way! I have no family history! I do my "yearlies," blah, blah, blah. I saw the mammogram, biopsies, and double mastectomy I had as "out of body" experiences. Happened to somebody else. Or downplay it, "Well, yes, I had breast cancer," I'd say to friends and family, "but.....not so bad," then change the subject. Then October started and "Breast Cancer Awareness" campaigns were everywhere! From "Good Morning America" to the NFL. Couldn't get away from it--pink, pink, pink!...more
Most women have suffered great angst over planning their wedding day, and some even suffer from something called "post-wedding blues," but can you imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with cancer in the midst of planning this special day?...more
Everyone knows someone, who knows someone, with cancer. It is a hard thing to go through, or watch someone you love go through, but knowing there are folks out there sacrificing their own lives to save others brings me great joy. If he had given up on his dream anywhere along the way, I wouldn't be here now.
Last month I shared some of the things I liked to keep in my hospital bag during chemotherapy. As you know, my melanoma treatment had two parts, one month of daily infusions at the hospital and eleven months of shots at home....more