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January
30
2020

Well that’s pretty much it! (January 30, 2020)

So! I rang the bell! Last week I rang the radiation bell to signify the end of an era. The era includes being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer and now considered CANCER FREE! Praise God for His glory and mercy. I thank God also for the prayers, love and family/friend support during this tough time. I hope that no one ever has to go through anything like this and have extreme empathy towards anyone who does. 
Now I continue chemocare once a month for one year but over the hump!

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December
30
2019

Reflecting on the New Year (December 30, 2019)

“When the good out weighs the bad is when I feel joy.” This thought popped into my head as I walked into radiation today. I thought “how can one feel joy during such a tough time” because throughout this year I still managed to experience some joy. Today, I remembered that I have so much to be thankful for-that is why I feel joy. This then led to my epiphany- joy comes when the good outweighs the bad. It feels nice to be in a spot like this mentally because over the past week I have been going through a rough time trying to remind myself to be happy but today when happiness came out of no where and with no thought or effort I knew that now I am at a spot where I am aware that the greatness in my life outweighs the downfalls. Looking forward to 2020!
December
13
2019

Radiation starts today (December 12, 2019)

Radiation started today. It felt ok. It feels like sunburn. The radiation sessions will be everyday for the next six weeks but the sessions only last for about 15 minutes so that’s ok. On the up swing! 
Photos are in the radiation room with Linear Accelerator that beams xrays to kill cancer cells that might be lingering. 


November
29
2019

Chemocare starts today (November 29, 2019)

I start two medications today called Herceptin and Perjeta which will be given through my port every month for the next year. This is immunotherapy medication that works to get rid of the cancer cells that may have been left behind. Chemocare (as I call it) immunotherapy will be given the same way as chemotherapy however without the side effects such as hair loss, nausea and tiredness. Chemocare has other side effects but nothing I cannot handle. Today is the start of a new journey: the road to recovery. 
November
8
2019

More bad news (November 08, 2019)

My oncologist says this is not bad news but it feels like bad news to me because I did not think I would need more treatment post surgery. I met with my doctor today and she told me the tests of the entire tumor showed that the cancer is HER2 receptor positive where the initial results from the biopsy showed that the tumor was HER2 receptor negative so I was being treated as if the cancer was HER2 negative. This means that I will need additional chemotherapy (actually adjuvant chemotherapy) for another YEAR to make sure the cancer is completely gone. To explain further, this adjuvant chemotherapy is not chemotherapy as I had before it’s an antibody treatment that targets the cancer directly rather than the systemic poison that was being administered during chemo. This means that my hair will grow back and I won’t have the nausea/side effects like with chemo. In my mind I therefore call this chemocare instead of chemotherapy. The chemocare (for one year) will be in addition to radiation (for six weeks) and are called Herceptin and Perjeta. 
The fight is not over... 
October
31
2019

Halloween trick or treat (October 31, 2019)

I got my first boob inflation (that’s the technical term lol) today and as a result I am starting to feel whole. I did not realize how missing a body part would make you feel somewhat lacking. It’s as if my arm were amputated and now I’m allowed a version of it to grow back. Day by day I am starting to feel better. Still in a bit of pain and slowly getting my arm range of motion back and overall the doctor says I’m healing nicely! So this Halloween I would say I got a treat :-) 
October
21
2019

Clear margins (October 21, 2019)

I have had three follow up doctors appointments with my treating physicians and there is good news and not so good news. Good news: they found clear (no additional cancer cells in the breast tissue) surgical margins from the mastectomy. Not so good news: found small mass of cancer cells in two lymph nodes which means the cancer spread. As a result I don’t need more chemo however will need axillary node (armpit) radiation at some point in the next few weeks. 
Healing from surgery is going well. I still have the drains in but the doctors say the surgical site looks great and I have very little pain compared to when I first got home. 

October
14
2019

All things considered, not feeling too bad (October 14, 2019)

I’ve been home recovering with pretty good pain management. Right now I’m on a number of pain meds along with antibiotics and two drains. Cannot move much so just laying down and taking it easy. I will have two follow up appointments this week and one follow up next week to check on my recovery.
Thank you for all the support, calls and check-ins!