About Me: Female, Evanston, IL, member since Jun 2008
Before I get to me, I must start my profile with two great pearls of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way: 1) For anyone who has been newly diagnosed with cancer, or is a friend or loved one of a cancer patient, I highly recommend the book, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Wai
[More]ting. A friend gave this to me and it was immeasurably helpful. It provides perspective and a way to think about things while you are waiting for results, treatment plans or healing from surgery. It does have a spiritual perspective, but is not preachy or heavy-handed.
2) Learn the verb “To puddle”. This was passed on to me by another member who is a dear confidant whom I met when I arrived at MedHelp. To puddle means to cry and cry until you don’t feel the need to cry any longer. Letting all the tears go is a healing thing, and don’t let anyone tell you to stop! You’ll know when to stop puddling. It’s something you do, then move on to more growth and healing.
Ok, about me. 46 y.o. diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in February, 2008. March, 2008 Left mastectomy and right lumpectomy, one positive node on the left. Two different types of ca in each breast – I’ve always been an overachiever! Started Chemotherapy (A/C and Taxol) in April, will finish September 24. Meanwhile, did genetic testing and to my surprise I am BRCA2 positive. So, will have a right mastectomy and oopherectomy (ovaries) on October 6, 2008. As soon as I am healed, I will begin radiation therapy for 4 1/2 weeks Monday through Friday. That rounds out 2008. Spring of 2009 I will have a bilateral DIEP.
More important than all those details, I have a wonderfully supportive family – my husband Dan, my son Connor, and my daughter Caroline. My Mom Barbara and innumerable friends – Alison, Jinny, Cally, Jen, Cathy. I approach most situations in my life with humor and this is not different. Humor is essential, even dark humor if need be!
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