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ronda’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our loved one. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook......please feel free to write me a message so I can keep it forever and use it to help power me through my battle against breast cancer.  I'm a fighter and with your support I know I can kick cancer's butt!!!! :)

Hi Everyone,

I'm creating this page so all my family, friends, and loved ones can send me a message, communicate with one another, read updates, and allow me to stop repeating my story (which can be very stressful) !  :)

I am 36 years young and am a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy ( Wow, I feel like I am on eharmony or  I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life.  Unfortunately for my boobs, I have fibrocystic ones which have made them a tad....well....lumpy.  I noticed that the right side had changed a bit and went in to get checked.  

On January 4th, 2010  I had an MRI and biopsy which showed that I have breast cancer with lymph node involvement in my right axilla and also intramammary involvement (which means behind my sternum).  I can honestly say that this was devastating since I workout and take very good care of myself.   The biopsy results would not be confirmed until Friday, January 8th. 

On Friday, January 8th I was told my breast cancer is Stage III(infiltating) according to the biopsy.  I made the decision to go home....which to me is the National Naval Medical Center since I worked there for so many years and feel like they are my family.  I chose Dr. Ralph Jones to be my surgeon after watching him care for countless patients and knowing that with him I will be in amazing hands. 

On January 11th, 2010 I had a PET Scan done which had me terrified.....the procedure wasn't too bad and the results were better than I had hoped they would be.  I keep waiting for someone to tell me they have made a mistake, put the wrong name on my results, etc.......(kinda like the movie, LAST HOLIDAY with Queen Latifah)......but realize that this IS happening and my breast cancer is REAL .....darn it :(

I am now heading from sunny San Diego to freezing and snowing Bethesda, Maryland to find out my treatment plan.

Please sign my guestbook.  I feel so loved but have been so overwhelmed on facebook and my phone ( I feel guilty for not being able to call/write everyone).  Please know how thankful I am for each and every one of you and as I get a moment to catch my breath I will write and update you all on my status so that we can keep the story straight.....

I will take all the love, prayers, positive thoughts, and money (just kidding...want to make sure you are paying attention) I can from everyone......

I wouldn't be where I am today and as lucky as I am without each and every one of you.  So smile, pray, and help me fight my fight against breast cancer (guess I have to like pink now.....).

Tobi ( my 12 year old mini schnauzer) and I are off on our journey....not sure where it will lead but ready to fight the most amazing fight!!!!!  Love you all.............ronda :)

Latest Journal Update

Alive and tough cookie

So....lately I have been updating my Facebook like a mad woman....but forgotten my caring bridge.......I many that stop posting on here may have passed on....BUT NOT ME :)

I can tell you that I have been living life to the fullest and then some.  I run myself ragged, recoop, and then head out for more.......

I always plan to come on here and always want to be witty and entertaining (ha ha ha). 

My scans in September are I continue chemo every 3 weeks and just keep pushing on.  I must say that at times I forget that "I'm sick" and keep wondering if they read the wrong scan/labwork, etc.  

So as my dear friend Dianna reminded me.......I'm letting everyone know that I am doing well.....savoring the chilly weather and just taking one day at a time.  :)   


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Dianna Suter
By Dianna ;)
Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!
Ronda's world is exciting and the adventure of a lifetime... You are my inspiration!! When talking to you, I forget you are sick too!!! I think it has to do with ALL your positive energy!!! ALL your "got to LIVE for today's"!! ALL you kindness for others including me!!
Makes me realize while I am petrified of cancer returning I am wasting valuable time. Because whether it be tomorrow, 5 years, 20 years or never...I don't want to sit on my death bed saying I WASTED life waiting... I want to live!!! Live like RONDA!!! May God continue to see that those scans are all CLEAR!! Cause Ronda has lots of life left to LIVE!!!
Love you to the moon and back!! Thankful God reunited us (not for the reason, still wish it was being Hooter girls at the restaurant if it had to be boob related) but HONORED to call you friend!!!
Keep on living!!!! Xoxo