Sheila Klausen

First post: Jul 21, 2022 Latest post: May 30, 2023
Hello Caring Bridge visitors.  This is Peggy Sheridan an old Bainbridge Island friend.  Sheila and I learned to be mothers together starting in 1997. As neighbors and friends we went on daily walks, had pajama parties, made jam, drank wine (or coffee depending on the time of day), celebrated Birthday’s, grocery shopped for each other, and so many other things that would fill the page. With Sheila’s blessing,  I started this Caring Bridge site to ease her burden (and the emotional toll) of advising  her  friends and love ones that she has breast cancer;  and to keep them informed as she embarks on her journey to recovery.  

 

One Friday night in May Sheila woke up at 2:30 am to discover a lump in her left breast,  she instantly thought this must be a dream…. Upon sunrise she knew it wasn’t a dream, the lump was there.  She consulted her Doctor and began the diagnosis process.

 

This is what she knows to date.  Her breast cancer is uncommon but not rare,  only 10 percent of all breast cancer is this type.  Sheila said “she has a Chic Cancer”, well of course she does its fabulous Sheila 😊.   It is a grade 2 tumor (out of 3), it is stage 2 (but only 1 centimeter shy to be stage 3) , the tumor is in her left breast, and it is HR negative which is a good thing.   All of this dictates the recommended  course of treatment.  There remains blood work and an MRI to determine if the cancer has spread, which she is scheduling ASAP. Well actually, as soon as she gets over her claustrophobia  LOL  Just kidding she will schedule it.  Once complete, she will have surgery to remove the lump and then weeks of intense daily radiation and course of medication she will likely be on for 5-10 years. This particular Cancer will not require Chemotherapy which is helpful news.

 

Once there is any additional information to share with you about anything I will update it on this site. I will also post if she or her family needs anything we can help with.

 

Sheila thanks you for  your prayers and positive thoughts. Telling people and being a source of worry has been the hardest part for her to date. She told me she is “gearing up for a fight and can do hard things.  It is a lot but I will be OK”.  Her positive attitude and continued sense of humor will serve her very well during this challenge.   Feel free to leave her a message and share this with whom ever you think would like to walk along side her.

Love to All!!!!

Peggy  






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