I learned after finding a lump within the timeframe of my most recent ‘at home’, breast exam. It wasn’t until only 6 months after my yearly doctors exam.
After conducting my tests, I got the new on my 65th birthday, April 4th 2013. The type of diagnosis was ‘HER2’ Positive breast cancer, in which i was advised; was very aggressive.
After finding a Surgeon and Oncologist along with a hospital, I began the ‘battle of my life’..
I told my doctors, family, and friends. I had so many things i still wanted to accomplish in life, and i was sure this was not going to stop me!
My family, Drs and nurses were there for me always.
The first time I walked into Ann’s place a calming peace, overwhelmed my soul… I knew it would be ok.
The breast cancer group I was in was spot on. Everyone had a different story but the same feelings, even Tammy, our group leader (a breast cancer survivor)
We laughed, cried , told stories and prayed all as a solid unity. I obtained so much strength being a part of this team
I would get cards or funny phone calls from friends singing on my answering machine. On one of my ‘chemo’ days, it was the 1st day of school..I wasn’t there to see my fellow teachers; my friends, new and old students,
along with the parents…I was crushed.
After being home, there was a delivery from Landmark Pre-School , Redding CT; attached was a lovely note.
Staying positive and laugh, even if you don’t look the same, feel the same and can’t do the things that used to be so easy to accomplish. Be a WINNER. Have the courage to STAY STRONG.