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, "LOVIN' LIFE".

Hi Everyone..... I just realize that it has been forever since I have written...truly with me it is feast or famine....:)   So I think a feast of stories are coming ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry.

Let me start this by saying thankyou.....the love is amazing and well thank you all for your kind emails, words, facebook posts, etc.   So today was a nice basic ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry.

So….today a positive note.....I get excited about so much lately….one of the events was a luncheon for Cancer Survivors……my nurse, Donna put it on.  We had a ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Happy to ???? in an instant".

What a great birthday I had……a bit of work and then I headed home for a dinner.  Janet, Karen, and I went out…..and they promised to be up for ANYTHING I wanted.  ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "ME me me me ME".

ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! YEAH ME!  Okay...a Tad LESS obnoxious.  So today....not only is it Friday, but it's my birthday.  Its a regular normal day which is what makes it ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "A year ago today.....".

Today is a very emotional day for me....I wasn't sure if it would be, but truly it is.  Today I woke up and slowly got ready.  I looked in the mirror, put my makeup on ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Chemo.....love vs. hate".

Oh dear Chemo.....I love ya, but at times well, I would rather do pretty much anything else. Today marked another trip, every 3 weeks I head to Oncology for my treatment. ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Happy Monday".

Happy Monday everyone....... I am fresh from a great weekend...... My adventure started early on Friday....but not early enough to beat the traffic.....I truly am amazed ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry.

So my friend Michelle made me laugh….I got so far behind in my posts that I needed to summarize them.  Those of you in the military will appreciate that I was doing my ... Read more

ronda hartzel posted a new journal entry, "Wow....thank you all.....".

I really feel the love and am so touched by the notes people leave and the emails I have received on Facebook....thank you everyone.  I love to tell BIG stories and I am ... Read more

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