One Year

Last week marked one year since I started my journey with breast cancer.  Though I didn't know it at the time, that morning would mark the last of my quiet morning routines for some time.  Gene and I got up and enjoyed our usual morning walk with Dolly on a crisp...

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The Surgeon

On the way to the appointment with the surgeon, Gene asks me if I have decided on what treatment plan I would prefer.  He explains that if I am uncertain or uncomfortable at any point, we can walk out of there without setting a surgery date.  I go over my thoughts...

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The Oncologist

There is something surreal about driving up to the Cancer Center.  I don't feel sick.  Could this all be a big mistake?  Why don't they have an address on the building?  It looks rather nice.  I admire the lobby and artwork as we enter.  They have free valet parking...

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The Pathology Report

Waiting is awful.  It is like being suspended in a place where your feet don't touch the ground and you can't quite reach the ceiling.  You can still move your arms and legs, but you don't get anywhere.  I had my biopsies on a Friday so you can just double the 24-48...

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The Biopsy

You have to have a sense of humor when you walk into a room and there is a table with a big hole in the very center and they tell you that you have to climb a ladder and put your right breast in the hole.  I looked down and said, "But my breast isn't in the center of...

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The Mammogram

My sweet husband took the day off and went with me to my mammogram appointment.  I didn't want to ask him to do this, but it was so nice to have him there. I'm nervous.  As we sit and wait for them to come get me, my leg is tapping as I watch whatever nonsense is on...

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I Have Breast Cancer

There.  I have said it.  I have breast cancer.  I have only had a few days to practice (written October 10th, 2012), but I find the words stick in my throat.  It should be easier, but I suspect it is only the first of many hurdles that I will need to leap in the next...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

Help Support Breast Cancer Patients

All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds to help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.