For those that know my family, our family picture sums us up. I tried so hard to get that “perfect family picture” and I succeeded. We are never perfect and we are all marching to our own beat.
On August 1st our world was turned upside down with that one little word… “cancer”. I have breast cancer. I now look at this journey as the next challenge in my life that I must conquer. People have advised me to start this caring bridge to keep my family and friends up to date. I’m not sure how much I will share, but I decided to start and see how it goes.
Diagnosis: I have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: ER+, PR+ and Her2/neu – negative.
I am being treated at the UTSouthwestern Medical Center. My radiologist and surgical oncologist assured me that my diagnosis, while not desired, was good news and easily treatable. Friday 9/22 – I will have my first surgery which will include a bilateral mastectomy. I won’t know the next steps until after surgery when we have the pathology report back. At that time, they will let me know if I will need chemotherapy or radiation or whatever.
At this point, I am grateful for such a supportive family and friend network. I am thankful that we chose to put our son in a school where he can pray and have his friends and teachers pray. That knowledge has been such a gift. I am thankful that I work for such an amazing company that is giving me time to focus on this journey and get well. And I am thankful I have a husband that takes care of me (he always has) because I will really need him through this.
Friends ask “what do you need”. I am blessed and the only thing I ask is to please keep my family – Ali (Alexandra), Max and Joe in your prayers (and me). I know they are scared and I want them to find comfort that we will all be OK!!!
I will try and keep updates going, so hopefully this won’t be my last post :)