#100 My Cancer Timeline

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December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

This is my family moments before the start of our annual New Year’s Eve Party.  As usual we are ready to have fun and can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for us! (The End)  

February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017

The day of diagnosis.  Stage 2, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma; 1 Lymph node positive for metastasis. (The End)

March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

At MD Anderson for a second (or was it third?) opinion.  They confirmed.  I will forever be thankful to Dr. Tripathy who said to me “This is curable.”  It’s the first time I exhaled since getting the diagnosis. (The End)

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

On Surgery Day, this is the nerve block they put in my back to manage the pain after surgery.  It hurt like hell when they put it in. I’m pretty sure I passed out, but for the next few days, I didn’t really feel much. (The End)

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

One moment, I was counting backward from 10, the next moment I’m waking up in my hospital room with my little dog there to greet me.  What a great surprise.  I’d been through a lot but didn’t feel like it.    

April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

This is my first post to my friends describing how I felt around two weeks post op. The collage (which still makes me smile) is from the many flowers and cards I received following surgery.

May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Complication #1 My first complication. Shortly after my BMX, I noticed some changes to my other breast. For some reason the skin began to die.  What?  This was my healthy breast, how is it that necrosis develops on this one?!  Nonetheless, it did, and two weeks after the BMX, I

June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

Friends and family, As you know I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in March. From diagnosis to treatment was a whirlwind and in that time the doctors discovered that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes.      

July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

Today, I cried. I cried because I have cancer. I cried because my cancer is real. The thing about some people with cancer (I can’t speak for everyone) is that every morning when you wake up, for just a moment you think, “Wow that was surreal, I thought I had

September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017

There are times in your life when something really negative, but meaningful, happens to you. If you’re like me you never ask “Why Me?” Because the truth is, “Why not me?” That’s how I felt when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Since then, I’ve been on an

October 24, 2017

October 24, 2017

It’s October 24, which also happens to be my deceased mother’s birthday and it is my last day of radiation!  You know what that means — I’m done!  I’ve gone through all the treatments; I’ve stayed strong; I tried bald hair and now it is finally over.  There were tears

May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Reconstruction Day!  I believe I’m headed into surgery right now. There’s nothing else to say!  Soon it will be all over! It’s done; it’s over and I’m okay! (The End)  

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Complication #2. Yes, it is possible for your breast to blow up and I know this because mine did.  It’s very rare, but it happens.  (Click here for more)

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018

This part of the story isn’t nearly as fun (or visual), but I needed to give you the end of this story so I can tempt you with a new post in just a few more days.  So…this is the rest of the story of Spontaneous Combustion.  There’s no need

October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

At last! Scans are back and I’m Cancer-free!  I still have surgery next month, but this is worth celebrating! (Click here for more).

November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

Re-reconstruction Day!  Keeping fingers crossed that all goes well and I’ll only need one more surgery! (The End)  

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

Our family of four looking forward to a great new year.  Life is Short.  Live Passionately! (The End)

Reconstruction Take 4 — April 18, 2019

Reconstruction Take 4 — April 18, 2019

This is the last (I hope) attempt at reconstruction surgery.  I consider this the reconstruction of my reconstruction reconstructed breasts.  So far…so good

 

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