Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When a celebrity has breast cancer

I just heard the news that Harry Connick Jr's wife Jill Goodacre had breast cancer 5 years ago and that it was missed with a routine mammogram because of dense breasts. What happened to me is shockingly similar except that she was diagnosed at stage 1 and I was 2B. We both had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My breast cancer was missed in a routine mammogram in October 2013 because of a regular mammography machine. When I went in December 2014 (yes I know I was 2 months late as I'd been putting it off) I was one of the first to use the new 3D machines and that's how it was detected. If it had gone undetected again in 2014 I would have surely been at stage 3 or easily stage 4 by the time it would have been diagnosed in 2015. Something Jill said resonated with me and that was that she has been and is currently on Tamoxifen which has made her gain weight and feel more round. I can certainly relate! Her saying that validated how I feel. Tamoxifen clearly causes weight gain. My oncologist told me that was one of the side effects as he was writing the prescription. More on that later.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pinktober is over

I am glad that breast cancer awareness month is over. I didn't participate in much except a fashion show called Hope on the Runway. It was a benefit to raise funds for Susan G. Komen. I've always wondered how much actually goes to research for a cure and I have since learned that only 10% goes towards finding a cure. So many companies buy pink products ~ everything from pink sneakers to pink Christmas ornaments. I've always wondered how much is actually handed over for research. I didn't do the walks in October but I was asked to be in two fashion shows. One I was able to make and had a lot of fun and the other I wasn't able to make. I just wish we find a cure!

Post about breast cancer

Our life stories have to wordlessly echo the story of redemption—and make it easier for others to live that same tale. Thank goodness God is always ready to help us improve our story-telling techniques (and to rewrite those places where we fail)! It has been a challenging year to say the least. Diagnosed with breast cancer on January 9th my life was propelled a series of unending doctor appointments. I wish I would have written in this blog about the steps I went through but I couldn't think back then and was exhausted most of the time. So I'm going to attempt to catch up now and try to piece together my story now since diagnosis. I'm going to try to catch up because I want to be able to look back on this as a success story and have it all in writing so my children can see what I went through. They only saw on the surface level what I went through. But not the day to day stuff because they were in school. I will write more later.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014