• Surgical Follow-Up

    Two weeks post surgery and it’s time for my surgical follow-up. I met with my plastic surgeon and he looked at all my incisions and the drains. We were required to keep a record…

  • Post-Surgery, Part Two

    In my last post, I talked about one of the results of having a mastectomy: the drains. They’re (not-so) fun. But wait, there’s more! I was going to make a part three, but…

  • Post-Surgery, Part One

    Surgery is over. My breast has been removed. And there were no major complications. But because we started late and apparently my body wasn’t ready to wake up; we didn’t actually make it…

  • Surgery Day

    This has been both the longest and shortest week of my life! With just one week from meeting my Care Team until my surgery date, it has been a whirlwind of thoughts, calls,…

  • A New Perspective

    I’ve had a bit of time to think. While this is moving fast now – only a week from meeting the Care Team until the surgical date – it seems that all I…

  • My Care Team

    I got to meet my Care Team, and I feel very fortunate. Each of them seemed genuinely interested in me beating this cancer. Each of them seemed competent and knowledgeable; which made me…

  • The Hardest Thing

    I told my kids. Even with everything I’ve been through in my life, including an abusive husband, telling my kids I have cancer is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Now I’m sure…

  • Lists, Lists, and Lists of Lists

    The last few days seem to have been about making lists; both actual lists and those in my head. There are lists of: People to tell The order in which to tell them…

  • My Life Is About to Change

    Today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks before my birthday. There was part of me that just knew. There was part that hoped & prayed I was wrong. But knowing still…

  • New Year – New Decade

    Not only is it the start of a new year, but it’s the beginning of a whole new decade! It should be exciting. People are popping champagne corks, watching a crystal ball drop,…