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!!