Rhea Hedstrom

First post: 11/3/2016 Latest post: 11/12/2016
Fall. I love the Fall season. Filled with colorful autumn leaves, pumpkins, trips to the pumpkin patch, fire pits, sweaters, smores, and the anticipation of Halloween for the kids and the kids at heart. Oh, and we can't forget "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" as well...

In October 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage 0 Breast Cancer. Quite a shock for a lady who could barely fit into a B! I was fortunate enough to have an OBGYN who believes in early detection and sent me to get a mammogram at the age of 38. Through more tests, the decision was made for me to have a bi-lateral mastectomy. I was told that after this surgery, radiation and the "chemo" pill would not be needed. I was told it was in the earliest stage, I was told it was curable, I was told, "You are not going to die of breast cancer."
Besides a small set back with my left side drains, I was left with 2 decent sized and shaped silicone breasts. Uncomfortable at times, but content with the process overall. In my mind it was finally over.
This past year, as all years, has had its ups and downs. However, throughout this year's adventures, I have had some back and chest pains which have tagged along for the ride. The pains had sent me to my primary doctor numerous times to seek relief. The back pains were diagnosed as SI Joint Disorder and my chest pain was due to costochondritis, an inflammation between the sternum and the ribs . I was given steroids and pain pills each time I went to doctor. Physical therapy was also recommended. 
Longer story longer, the pain was too much to even go to work. Finally, an MRI was ordered and approved. The day after my MRI appointment, I received the call.



And once again-Fall. I love the Fall season. Filled with colorful autumn leaves, pumpkins, trips to the pumpkin patch, fire pits, sweaters, smore's, and the anticipation of Halloween for the kids and the kids at heart. Oh, and we can't forget "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" as well...



In October 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast/Bone Cancer. Shock is an understatement. The pain of the results and the pain of my hips, back, and legs were too much for me to bare at that time.  The next week was just a flash. I met my new oncologist and was admitted that same day for pain control. Starting that weekend and into the next week, I was busy with x-rays, bone scans, PET scans, etc. Everything was pointing to my original breast cancer spreading to my bones in 8 different spots throughout my spine, hip and my chest. Radiation then started right away for 10 days in a row, (excluding weekends). They released me Friday, knowing that I would still be waiting for the "final" biopsy report to make sure the cancer did not spread past my bones. We are also still waiting to find out  what kind of breast cancer it is in order to plan an effective treatment. As of now, I am still managing my pain at home with visiting nurses and 24/7 help from WONDERFUL friends and family. When I do get up to walk, I have to use a walker at the present time. The radiation treatments will hopefully help reduce the pain and shrink the tumors. Chemo to be determined. I will use this site to keep everyone updated on the next steps.


That is where I am right now. I have a beautiful family and the BEST friends/co-workers a person could ever want! All I ask is for your prayers and your continued POSITIVE ENERGY! If you know me, (and I think you do), this will not stop me. I may freak out at the little things, but I will never stop fighting the fight! 


With much love.
xoxoxox







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