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I hope friends and family that read my story see God's guiding hand in my journey, because even though this is a diagnosis that is life altering; God is supporting me both with my physical and emotional status daily and I feel so blessed.
So this is how the most unexpected journey of my life started. I found a lump my breast in the middle of October, because I just happened to be coughing from what was later diagnosed as walking pneumonia. I had had a clear mammogram at the end of June. Within a couple of days this lump was biopsied, a couple of days later I received my diagnosis of cancer and within a week of my biopsy the 1.8cm tumor was taken out via a lumpectomy. Even though I was diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer, that had broken through the milk duct walls and had fast growing abnormal cells, God helped me find if fast enough that the pathology report said that there was no cancer around the margins of the tumor and the cancer had not spread to lymph nodes - Whew! - Staged at 1A.
I thought I would be saved from chemotherapy treatment given that pathology, but sadly not. So on to the next leg of my journey. I started chemotherapy today and will continue to receive this wonderful "red devil " combo elixir 3 more times over the next 8 weeks. This is the great stuff that causes hair to fall out, nausea and other super side effects that each medicine may give you. I plan to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE to keep these bad symptoms at bay. Then I will receive 12 weeks of a different gentler chemo. Next comes radiation. I am hoping around the 4th of July to celebrate my independence day from this cancer business!
I hope to save some fun pictures along the way. Tomorrow if I feel well enough, it is time to cut this hair to a new pixie hair-do so stay tuned, because if I like it well enough I may share it with all of you.