Today, 25 years ago, I was told I had an aggressive form of breast cancer.In 1996 there were no PET scans in my area. I didn't even get a CT scan. Though the process to stop cancer has been slow, there has been progress on finding it, and suppressing it. Unfortuatly, it is a very … Continue reading 25 Years of Cancer
Playing it safe
With so much controversy surrounding Covid-19, I am choosing to play it safe. Being immune compromised it only make sense. I don't understand people screaming about wearing masks. It's not just for yourself, it's also to protect people like me. Though it makes me sad that I had to cancel vacations to Orlando, Italy, and … Continue reading Playing it safe
5 Years of Wigs
I have to remember what I tell others, "Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others." I looked through pictures today for this blog. It was tough on many levels. Remembering what I have endured, scrolling through pics with a guy I truly thought was my soulmate but left me, and looking at … Continue reading 5 Years of Wigs
Fighting for Life
Back in February, I met an amazing woman who gave me the opportunity to go to a Masquerade Ball for benefiting people living with metastatic breast cancer. There is no cure and some don't like the word survivor linked to mets. I disagree! I think of myself as a survivor and a warrior. My battle … Continue reading Fighting for Life
My Battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer – the condensed version
My journey with cancer began in 1996 at the age of 31...
No matter how tattered and worn life has caused you to feel, use that knowledge and experience to alter it. Just when you think there is nothing left, there is still that shred of courage and strength. Keep patching the fragments, and you will find something beautiful and worth fighting for.
Living with metastatic cancer for so many years has made me think of things I would love to do before I die. I think I can accomplish a few. I have been blessed with living within driving distance of Walt Disney World and having the block out passes (cheapest) since my kids were young. We … Continue reading Bucket List
Advice to the young me
Looking back on things that troubled me through life. ADD, sexual assault, depression, cancer battles, giving up on a healthy lifestyle, even being shamed for being a stay at home mom. Now that I am older I realize they empowered me.
Stop Perjeta or not despite risks?
I was doing some reading on HER2+ metastatic breast cancer drugs Herceptin and Perjeta and came across this article. I did a bit of digging and found more. They are saying there is a 1% difference taking the combination than taking Herceptin alone. I started Herceptin in 2002 when my breast cancer metastasized farther. Before then I … Continue reading Stop Perjeta or not despite risks?