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My 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 Match.com).  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 :)

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ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Alive and tough cookie".

So....lately I have been updating my Facebook like a mad woman....but forgotten my caring bridge.......I apologize....so many that stop posting on here may have passed ... Read more

#scaredofthegulley signed ronda's Guestbook.

Hey ... just a quick note to tell you I love you.  In this month of gratefulness, I am more grateful for you than you know.  Happy Nov 2013.  I love you, chiquita. Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Alive and tough cookie".

So....lately I have been updating my Facebook like a mad woman....but forgotten my caring bridge.......I apologize....so many that stop posting on here may have passed ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Time has slipped by........".

I can't believe it has been MONTHS since I have blogged.....so many wonderful things and so many heartaches....but I am still here.   Rain is falling around me tonight ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "life it .......AWESOME".

I just wanted to check in and and let everyone know that I am doing well.....New Zealand was incredible and well.......I think I found MY place in the world.  I ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "And the winner is......me!!!!".

So the past week has been one of chaos......Echo.....checkScans with radioactive injection and CT contrast...yumChemo yesterday..............doneWell, I arrived bright and ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Just Words......".

Good Morning Everyone. Happy New year.....2012.  Cannot believe it is here and that I am here for it.  It was 2 years ago yesterday that I found out for sure that I had ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "The Game called LIFE......".

Another live write......Oh no....you know something has happened then.  So, I have a routine...I get dressed for my workout session, pack my "real" clothes in ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "WHO SH** IN MY CHEERIOS".

Hello....so this is a live, a live write.  Sometimes I ponder and think about what to write but today.......LIVE.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "How Ronda got her groove back".

As always...I am out and about and just living my life.....my poor little blog and all of you following my story.........neglected.  Well....quite simply put I feel like ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "The Gauley and ME :)".

I just had this sent to me.....it is from this past Sunday on the Gauley......Ace Adventure Resort did a little story on me on why I come back to do the Gauley.  I love ... Read more

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