"There is no more force more powerful than a woman determined to rise."
My CaringBridge website provides updates post double mastectomy following a bilateral breast cancer diagnosis in June. I am so happy to report that all of the cancer was removed on August 1! I am cancer free! That is the best possible news! There is more. Shortly afterwards, I developed an infection in the right implant that continued to fester. Three weeks after my mastectomy, I was admitted to Chandler Regional Hospital but the IV anti-biotics were not effective. After spending three-and-a-half days in the hospital, the implant was removed leaving me unbalanced: I am flat chested on the right side but still have the implant on my left side. Follow my entries as I write about the process of of making an eventual decision to reconstruct or go flat, the road to rebuilding my physical strength and emotional well-being, and making adjustments to life after breast cancer. The amazing support I have been receiving since the announcement of my diagnosis continues to provide me with the positive energy and momentum I draw on when the hills seem too steep to climb. Thank you, my dear friends.