On October 10 I went to the doctor's office to receive my biopsy results. I went alone. I had been down this road before, well, maybe not the biopsy road, but the double and triple checking of my mammogram results with ultrasound, etc etc. I had small, niggling feelings throughout the preceding two weeks, but had decided that was just my mind overreacting. So, I went alone.
When the doctor and a nurse walked out and called my name, then headed out of the office to a "place where we could talk" I started to panic. Why would they do this if the answer was 'all is well?' The minute we sat down at a round table, with the papers opened up in front of the doctor, and I heard the words "you have breast cancer, it is invasive ductal and lobular, it is an intermediate grade, which is not aggressive but not slow" I immediately began crying. Wishing for my husband, and wondering what would happen to my daughters. My family. I had come alone, and really, really wished I hadn't.
And so my cancer journey began.
I read about Caring Bridge in one of my books. I study, I study a lot. This will be no different. Knowledge is power, as is love. This site will be where I post my travel through this strange, unexpected land. A place we - Sean, MacKenna, Madelein, Rebecca and me - never expected to be.
And this site will be where you can stay easily updated on what is going on with us, and support us with words of hope and encouragement. Because that is equally, if not more, important than the conventional medical treatment I will be receiving.
We thank God for so many caring family members and friends.
Love to you all, The Hanson 6 Heather, Sean, MacKenna, Madelein, Rebecca and our dog Howie