My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Medical chart cancer diagnosisThe day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. On Sept. 20th, we had an appointment with the surgeon to go over the “autopsy” results. They did the pathology and biopsy on the removed breast tissue and Wednesday, they delivered the results in a neatly typed 8 x 10 envelope.

Honestly, we were hoping for better results. Up until this point, we had no idea whether or not the cancer had invaded my lymph nodes, and we were praying that it hadn’t and that it had been caught in time. We weren’t really prepared for any other news.

So, the reality of how far this cancer had gone really hit us rather hard. We’re still reeling from it.

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Some Days Are More Challenging

Breast Cancer DepressionIt’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, primarily because I haven’t been feeling as well as usual (gee, wonder why?).

I debated sharing this publicly, and ultimately decided to go for it. See, this blog isn’t just about talking about how I stay hopeful and positive. It’s also my way of dealing with the challenges of going through this event in my life, and if I am to be completely healed, I need to also be completely raw and honest about everything I’m experiencing.

So, I am taking a few moments to just “let it all hang out” and let the chips fall where they may.

The last few days have taken their toll on me, both physically and mentally. It’s been more difficult than usual to maintain my smile. It hasn’t been impossible, just more challenging.

There are two reasons for this.
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Humor With A Tumor

ClownThey say that laughter is the best medicine, and I tend to agree with the theory. I can’t imagine how I could get through this without laughter.

So, I would like your help in healing. Submit a comment to this thread with your funniest jokes and one-liners. I want this section to become incredibly popular and maybe help other women going through a similar experience. You won’t just be helping me heal faster, you will be helping countless others in the future.

So, I’ll help get us started…

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Help Fund Free Mammograms

The Breast Cancer SiteI have a special request for all of you. You can help fund free mammograms for special needs women who cannot afford the high cost of mammograms in the US. The Breast Cancer Site has a long running program to help defray the costs of these mammograms, and it is completely free to participate.

Please bookmark their site and click on the button each day. It costs nothing to click and 100% of the sponsor funds goes to where it can help the most.

Not everyone is as fortunate as I was, and if we can help others with early detection, it will help save lives. Click on the button above to go to and remember to click every day.

Thank you!

Life After The Mastectomy

NurseWell, now that I’m home and resting comfortably, I thought it would be a good time to fill in the blanks on how things went at the hospital.

I won’t lie and say that it was a fun experience. For anyone who needs to undergo any kind of surgery, there’s no such thing as a truly fun day at the hospital. However, I’ve never been the type of person to allow pain or difficulty to take over my life, nor do I wish to complicate the lives of others around me by whining and complaining.

So, I made a decision about how this day was going to be, and I refused to let anything interfere with my decision.

I decided to see how many times I could make people laugh while I was there, and I also decided I was not going to need to stay overnight at the hospital. These were the two things I chose to focus my attention on, as my way of dealing with my day.

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