Nancy Ulerich

First post: Apr 4, 2020 Latest post: Aug 26, 2020
Welcome to my CaringBridge website.  Several of my friends suggested that I use this method to keep family and friends updated in one place. I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.  I have limited access to invitations, but please let me know if someone I missed wants access.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis:  I had a regular mammogram in January that found a ~1 cm tumor.  On January 29, the biopsy showed it was triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive breast cancer that can metastasize to un-treatable stage 4 cancer elsewhere in the body in 2-3 years.  I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal on February 17 at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Unfortunately, the surgery pathology showed that I had a 1.5 mm particle in the lymph node.  This put my cancer at stage 2A.  

 Treatment:  I evaluated the situation through two local Orlando surgeons, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.  I was more confident in either Mayo or Moffitt, and decided to go with the surgeon who offered the first surgery.  Moffitt had an early opening due to a cancellation.    I evaluated post-surgery chemo treatment at three oncologists.  In the end, I decided to do the treatment at Morfitt.  The plan is for an aggressive, dose- dense treatment. The base plan is that I will have 4 sessions of one chemo treatment spaced by two weeks and then 8 sessions of a second drug spaced by a week.  That will be followed by 4 weeks of daily radiation treatments.   My first chemo treatment was March 25.  I am scheduled for the second treatment on April 8.   

 I have so much to be thankful for.   Counting just some of my blessings:
1) I have a strong faith and I feel the presence of God in all things. I am never alone.
2) I have great family support. My husband was able to work from Florida and he is now in isolation with me.  I was able to spend a week with my son before the virus froze us all in one place.
3) I am super healthy and in great shape.  I have trimmed down to my high school weight of 110-115 and I was working out with a personal trainer. I was leg pressing 420 pounds!  I was and still am full of energy.  Since they give you chemo dosage by weight, it is a really good time to be thin.
4)  I have a fabulous job and I can work from home. I work with people from all over the world and they are so supportive of the disruptions in my schedule.
5) I have fantastic health care coverage that now covers absolutely everything since my out of pocket is exceeded. The coverage allows everything I have every asked for, even a human hair wig.
6)    I have a fabulous support system.  I am grateful for my many helpful and dedicated friends who I can count on, people that I can ask for help when I need it. People who pray for me!
7)  I have a great faith community at St. Stephens Lutheran Church. I just wish I had some of those St. Stephen hugs right now
8)  I love my home.  It is the best place to be stuck.  I can swim in my pool, and walk or  ride bikes on the Seminal Wekieva Trail behind my house. I have lots of spaces to meditate and pray and exercise with U Tube.
9) Instacart is great for grocery delivery and I can make great, healthy meals.
10) I have wonderful neighbors!
11) We have modern technology and internet services. I can Facetime with my son and his family, work from home,  Call  my friends!  Do on line medical appointments. Thank God it is 2020 and not 1920!
12) Florida sunshine!!

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