2017 will forever be the year of change and surprises; and not all are welcome ones. I discovered what I refer to as chicken bones in my right breast while on a family March break vacation on March 13th, 2017., I guess I just knew it wasn't just a cyst or otherwise harmless, and it made sense since I had for several years seem to have an immune system that wasn't working properly. From shingles to skin disorders and even exploratory surgery, not a single doctor could explain why I felt so tired, run down and sick. VOILA. Cancer had taken the opportunity to rear its ugly self into what was once my right breast. After several dozen appointments I decided upon a bi-lateral mastectomy with "nipple sparing" techniques and reconstruction. Basically that means that both breasts were removed and my nipples saved (wow) and some seriously strange sacks were placed into where my breasts once lived. May 30th, 2017 this took place. On July 18th, 2017 after fighting a serious cellulitis infection at home for 3 weeks, I was admitted to hospital and stayed for 2 nights and returned home. on the 20th. I left with an IV attached to me and several bottles of meds to take. This sadly didn't end my stays at St. Joes as I was taken to Urgent care on July 25th, 2017 and had my right implant removed and replaced with a "tissue expander" aka zip lock bag boob ( lol). WHY? The mastectomy flap failed, necrosis ( black dead gangrene) set in and it was a losing battle. Fast foward to today; August 22, 2017 and here I am, starting my website and telling my story from day 1 through my journal. Thanks Carrie for your inspiration and your friendship!!