It has been a long and winding road since I first felt that lump in my left breast one morning in the shower in late May 2014. It had been only seven months since my annual mammogram and I was tempted to ignore it. Thank God I didn't ignore it. Most of you have been with me from my initial diagnosis of Triple Negative Breast Cancer on June 5, 2014. Your constant prayers, love, concern and encouragement have fueled me and truly sustained me on my most difficult days, starting with the lumpectomy, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 38 rounds of radiation, a second diagnosis in the right breast, a double mastectomy, a few more scares and biopsies, reconstructive surgery in October 2015 and finally this recent diagnosis of a recurrence in January 2016. Your generous emotional support has kept me strong and courageous for the last 18 months. Thank you. I am blessed beyond measure to know and love each one of you.
I have started this caring bridge to keep you all updated as to the details of the current battle in my war against cancer. You are my army. I sincerely believe that prayers and love can save lives so please continue to pray. No matter what your chosen faith may be, there is only one God and I can attest that I am definitely one of His favorites! I have been so blessed I have no right to ask for anything more and yet the Lord continues to bless me every day in so many ways, big and small. I remain grateful. I do not know or question why God has chosen this path for me, but I do know that every thing happens for a good reason. I believe that every moment, no matter how dire, has something to offer. In my present situation, "that which does not kill you makes you stronger" has never been more true. I choose stronger!
I am generally a private person (I am not even on Facebook) so this form of communication is highly unusual for me. I will post as often as is necessary to make sure that you--the loved ones who I carry with me in my heart through every doctor appointment, test and treatment--are updated and also so that you know that I return your affection and that I am thinking of each of you and praying for you too.
Please feel free to share my site with others who you think might want to join my army! I appreciate all of the prayers I can get!