Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Well, That Sucks

The first thing you do when setting up a blog is come up with a title. I really wanted my blog to have a funny title, but "well, that sucks" was taken. (This is what a ten year old boy said after finding out his cancer had returned)

I was diagnosed with breast cancer Sept. 13th so now I am attempting a blog. I am not a writer. Steve (my husband) is the one that is good with words. I thought about having him write for me, but I figure it might be therapeutic to do it on my own. I would like to keep it short and sweet so if you want more info than what I give, please email me. I would like to start off by saying thanks to everyone that has been praying for me. I feel the love and it has helped me wrap my head around this.

My tumor was caught by a routine mammogram and is relatively small (last years mammogram was clear). However, after an MRI we discovered that there are several small satellite tumors surrounding it. This made the decision to have a mastectomy easier. We don't have a date for surgery yet- we are waiting for the results of a genetic test. I am hoping for surgery next week on Oct. 5th. Then the plan is to recover for a few weeks. Which includes a much anticipated trip to Florida for Steve's Ironman in the beginning of Nov. I will start chemotherapy as soon as we get back.

Yep, you can say it "well, that sucks!" I agree (except for the part about Florida). I want all of you to know that I am a fighter. Heavenly Father has surrounded me with some very strong people to help me through this. I ran one crazy marathon this summer with one of my best friends. Even at the finishline I was wondering why I had done something so hard. Now I know why. I am not only physically stronger than I have been for a long time, but more importantly mentally stronger. I can fight this. I am not kidding myself into thinking it will be a piece of cake, there will be good days and bad days. My family has rallied around me and Steve has put on his pink boxing gloves. I could not do this without him and he has already shown incredible support. So keep the prayers coming and I promise to keep this updated. Thanks everyone!