Friend Cristin Davis wrote to me: “Saw this on the way to GSU and thought of you. In your case, I’d say this is 100% accurate! Your positivity and optimistic attitude always amaze me. And within hours of your announcement you had SEVERAL HUNDRED other people in your corner who already know you can do hard things! So, while there may be no happiness in the diagnosis, you’ve got tons of people happy to help you in the fight!”
Dear Friends, I wanted to fill you in on my next not-so-great adventure. A couple of weeks ago, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. It was caught in my annual mammogram, quickly diagnosed and now it’s my doctor’s recommendation that I have a bilateral mastectomy. Surgery will be scheduled sometime in the coming month. I still have to meet with plastic surgeons next week.
It all happened so fast. My head is truly spinning and it doesn’t seem real. But there are a few things I’m sure of:
I’m really lucky it was caught. I didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel sick. My doctor didn’t feel it during my breast exam. It was only a “distortion” on my annual mammogram but on the follow-up 3D mammogram it was found to be 2.4 cm in size and right behind my nipple.
I’m going to be OK. My prognosis is excellent and the MRI shows no other cancer evident in my breasts. I have estrogen positive breast cancer, so I don’t have to have chemo before surgery and may skip out on it afterward. Since I’m having a mastectomy, I won’t have to have radiation either.
I have an amazing support system. I am truly blessed by the best friends and family ever. I welcome your prayers and good thoughts, and will accept gratefully any and all help for me and my family over the next few months. Keep an eye out for a meal train being set up by friends.. things like that will be so helpful, I’m sure.
I have to say I would have been happy to have had postpartum depression be my only challenge in life. Out of that challenge, Oh Baby! Fitness was born. Not sure what will come out of this challenge… but let’s hope for something equally as great. 🙂
I’ll keep you posted on my journey. Please, do me a favor and schedule your annual mammogram. So important!!
New Mantra: I CAN. I WILL. I AM POSITIVE. I AM STRONG. say it with me.