Helen Henson

First post: Aug 18, 2017 Latest post: Oct 22, 2017
Thanks for visiting my CaringBridge website. I'm using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. My apologies to the many, dear friends I have not been able to share the news with individually.  So grateful for you taking the time to read this though and really appreciate your support and encouragement. I'm hoping along the way I can be an encouragement to others going through similar experiences, or suffering in any way.  We are here to build each other up, after all.

In a nutshell, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of June. Lumpectomy and the removal of a couple of lymph nodes followed in early July which all went really well and was minimally invasive.  Since then it's been a waiting game to determine the best treatment plan. Net result, four rounds of chemo, each 21 days apart, then a break before 5/6 weeks of radiation. I'll also be on hormone therapy pills for the next five years. The good news is that my specific diagnosis is very treatable and  has not spread to my lymph nodes. I'm officially Stage 2a, however, the plan comes down to stats and risk of distant recurrence. My age plus the final grade of tumor (grade III for the aficionados) pushed me into a slightly grey area. Hence a "better safe than sorry" recommendation for chemotherapy. But the prognosis is great, so much to be optimistic about!

My take on cancer so far? Surreal. I'm being led by the hand through a process over which I have effectively no control, trusting that I am getting the best care and advice possible.  Right now, whilst not wanting to wish time away, I am looking forward to Christmas!

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