Kathleen Carlson

First post: Nov 24, 2017 Latest post: Aug 19, 2018
Hello Friends and Family!  On 10/25/17, I was stunned to learn that I have breast cancer.  I had found a sensitive lump two days earlier which was most likely a cyst (what a relief!), but a precautionary biopsy revealed otherwise (what????).  Less then three weeks later, on 11/14, I started chemotherapy. 

The bad news: I have cancer! A fear that I have carried with me for 40 years has come true.   I won't be doing the half iron man triathlon for which I am registered on 6/10/18.  I will be going through chemo for 5 months and will lose my hair.  Surgery and reconstruction will follow.  In 2017, I completed four 5K races, two 10K races, a 10 mile race and seven triathlons.  Life as I know it for the next year will be very different.

The good news:  Stage 2, Estrogen positive (less aggressive), and totally curable and treatable.  We caught it early.  I have a wonderful husband, amazing friends and caring family that have already been overwhelmingly kind, generous and supportive.   I am strong and determined.

 I will beat this, but I know the journey will have plenty of ups and downs.   My hope and plan is to be bold and brave.  I look forward to sharing updates here and welcome your thoughts.


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