Well I should start by saying I am SO thankful for being pressured into a mammogram!! (Ladies??) I had been due for one for a while! I am so thankful to God that what I have was caught and further investigated and found quite early: Stage 1.5 - if you average the two sides. Anyway it is called "invasive lobular carcinoma". It is slow-growing and small, but exceedingly hard to find and more likely to recur.. So I say, "This is how people survive breast cancer." When I was first diagnosed (June 23rd in Albany, NY with my sisters =)), I was in kind of a haze. The Dillard sisters put on their thinking caps and put our research into high gear. We learned a lot about breast cancer. Based on all that research, the pathology results, and consultation with the Doctors, I will be having a double mastectomy on September 2nd, then reconstruction to follow. Thankfully I may not need radiation - depending on the pathology results. And instead of chemo there is now a targeted therapy called endocrine therapy, that will probably not be enjoyable, but I will be far less likely to lose my hair! Musical interlude - "You're so vain. You probly think this song is about you.!" Guilty!! Now to the website at hand. Welcome to our CaringBridge website. So many wonderful people have said "Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!" And knowing that wonderful people really do want to help... and knowing there will be times in the near future when we definitely need help.... and even though I feel funny about putting this out there on the wild wild web.... There is a place here to find out about how and/or when to help. We will be using the website to keep family and concerned friends updated all in one place. I am so very thankful for your prayers, words of hope and encouragement. Thank you so much!Almost forgot ... I received a card that said "I promise not to call your illness a 'journey' unless someone takes you on a Cruise!" I thought that was perfect, so I named the site accordingly!