Staying in the game

12/27 I got a few tattoos today! 5 of them to be exact. Are you surprised? Don’t believe me? No really, I did. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little. Yes, they are tattoos, but nothing fun or artistic. I was tattooed with 5 little dots on my chest and stomach in preparation for radiation- the final…

It’s a gift!

The herceptin infusion I received yesterday was a gift to my future self. I have to make the choice to see it that way. Herceptin shouldn’t make me sick, lose my hair, or destroy my fast growing cells once again because it isn’t a toxic drug. Instead it is supposed to block the Her2 protein…

Celebrating!!!

12/1/18 Cancer Free!!! I have waited a long time to write those words. Well, long for me as I reflect back to that day I found the lump in April. I recognize that my journey has been relatively short compared to some. For those still fighting: stay strong, stay positive. Cancer is an evil so…

The drain of draining drains

11/29/18 No more drains connected to me. Good riddance! Got my drains taken out today!!! I feel like Pinnochio, joyfully singing, “I’ve got no strings on me!” And I’m just so thankful for this because after 2 major surgeries I have felt the burden of being stuck in the trenches, waiting in agony and needing…

A new shade of ugly

Nothing entertaining to say, just a quick update, and I need to limit my typing because of my fingernails. They are separating from the nail bed even more. Typing feels terrible.   I’m home from the hospital and the recent surgery seems to have been a success. Dr. Lai opened me up through the same…

Forward progress

This has to be a quick post. About to have another surgery in a few hours to clean out a relentless infection that landed me in the hospital for 3 days already. My Doc tried strong iv antibiotics over these days but it didn’t do the trick. So I’ve passed the time by walking the…

News flash!!!

DONE! Say this 3 times fast: “A bilateral skin sparing mastectomy with lymph node biopsy with expanders placed for implantation” That’s what was accomplished in the 5 and 1/2 hour surgery. I made it through. Oh the relief. When I woke up I literally could not contain the tears of joy. I requested that my…

I ❤️ NY

I punched my ticket for the NYC marathon long before cancer struck. My oldest daughter had been asking for a long time if we could have a mother/daughter trip to the city for her 13th birthday. So when I surprised myself by qualifying for the NYC marathon (barely meeting the requirements by doing the Chicago…

The Best Therapy!

Hawaii Last time we were in Hawaii it was our 10 year anniversary. I remember it fondly. We approached the islands with appetites for adventure: two crazy kids easily mistaken for honeymooners, staying in hostels, exploring hole in the wall mom and pop restaurants, canoeing, hiking, and jumping off waterfalls. Now, 6 years later, still…

Farewell letter 10/8/19

Dear chemotherapy, Pack your bags Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Perjetta. Good riddance. I don’t appreciate how you make me feel and you’re not welcome back. Enough with the emotional roller coaster that you bring. So long, tiredness. Nice knowing ya, nauseousness. That’ll be all now, feelings of weakness. See you later, metal taste in my mouth….

Look Ma, I’m on TV!

So many great things are happening in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness! I’m so grateful that Shawnee Mission Medical Center partners with MD Anderson, allowing me to have the best care in the country. So when the opportunity arose to be able to help them out by adding my personal thoughts to…

Remembering Boulder Ironman

Boulder Ironman June 10, 2018 2 weeks before race day, despite feeling flawlessly fit, full of energy, and in the best shape of my life, I received a shocking, slap-in-the-face diagnosis: Stage 3 Breast cancer. Technically, I had an aggressive form of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Ductal Carcinoma (DC) in my left breast and…