In November of 2004 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That thing that only happens to other people had happened to me. I can't even describe the feeling that ran though my body when my Dr. told me. I was sitting in the examining room looking at him while he started to explain things to me. All I heard was that sound that adults make in a Charlie Brown cartoon and I felt the tears roll down my cheek. I don't even remember how long I sat in my car before leaving.
The Dr. had already remove the lump but had to go in again to scrape around where the lump was and also remove lymph nodes from under my right arm to test for cancer. It all came back fine! By the middle of December I was having my first chemo treatment. That was the longest three hours of my life!
Then on Christmas day my parents took my husband and I to New Orleans and Bay St. Louis. It snowed in New Orleans on THAT Christmas Day!! Amazing.....or was it a sign? I didn't care I was with my family! I knew my hair would fall out while I was in New Orleans so I had a friend cut my hair really short and thinned it out so when it fell out it wouldn't be so hard to deal with.
I didn't think it would bother me but OMG, I broke down. I'm not sure if it was the hair or the fact that I really hadn't cried yet.
The treatments were long and tiring and I hit many bumps along the way, with a week long hospital stay and a couple of ER visits. But finally after chemo and radiation, in September of 2005 I was told I was cancer free!!!
The removal of lymph nodes from my right arm has left me with a bad case of Lympheda. I have swelling and pain in my arm and hand. I get so mad, as I am no longer able to do so many things that I use to do. And yes I get over being mad and think how grateful I am just to be here!
The pic below is the only picture taking of me during my treatments. With me are the two wonderful men who saved my life. My surgeon and my oncologist, God bless you both!
So I finally hit the big FIVE year anniversary that all breast cancer survivors strive for!