It’s Been a While

It’s been three months since I have written.  I miss it (and miss all of you)!  I had to go back and re-read the last post to figure out where I left off.  Pitiful!  In mid-September I wrote about getting my nipples tattooed.  Oh, what a joy.  You will be happy to know the ink is still in place.  Phew!

As a quick update, in October I had a CT scan to take a look at that small nodule on my lung they have been watching since the very beginning.  The results showed nothing has changed and it has remained the same.  The radiologist recommends I move to an annual screening vs. the every 6 months.  I am good with that.  See you next October!

In November, I had an echo cardiogram and an appointment with my Oncologist.  The echo results were perfect.  My heart is strong.  My Oncologist still recommends another echo cardiogram in 6 months.  This is all because of the Herceptin I was on (or injected with) for one full year.  It has a small chance of effecting the heart.  I’m up for it and all about checking in so I will do it again in 6 months.  The visit with the Oncologist was completely routine i.e. we talk, she asks me if I feel O.K. or have any concerns, I say I am fine, I ask her a couple of questions, she does a breast exam (not sure what she is looking for since I have 2 stiff implants!?) and then I am done.  Oh, I did have blood work done which came back completely normal.  So after a positive review, I have now been promoted to every 6 months with my Oncologist.  So I will see her again in May 2013.  Yeah for me!

So, what’s next?  I have an echo cardiogram and Oncologist visit in 6 months and a CT scan in a year.  I continue to take Tamoxifen (a pill) every day for 5 (or possibly 10) years!  Almost one year down.

Many of you know that I have a breast cancer survivor friend on-line – not someone I know personally – but someone I follow on Twitter that reached her 5 year cancerversary.  That’s a big milestone for breast cancer survivors.  Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.  She is roughly my age with 3 young children.  She is a fabulous mom, wife, and person.  She is a great writer.  Without going into too much detail, it is not curable, but it is treatable.  But for the rest of her life – for however long that is and unfortunately it is unknown – she will be on some form of chemo.  Really!?  That sucks and is just not fair!  I hate it for her, for her husband, and for her children.  I hate cancer!  I can relate to her stories about crying as she puts her kids to bed, or reading them a story, or talking about a trip next year – just not knowing how long she will be here.  I can’t even imagine.  I don’t want to imagine.  I would like to think that will NEVER happen to me.  But unfortunately, based on what I know now, you just never ever know.

Some days I feel like I am back to normal, back to my old self.  Gracie is in Kindergarten and loves it, Ed is working hard, I am back to work part-time and really enjoying it, the holidays are upon us and we are busy, and I am feeling good.  But, some days I am reminded that cancer will always be a part of my life.  Always.

Within the recent weeks, my mom’s cousin (and a faithful supporter and blog reader of mine) was diagnosed with breast cancer – the same type I had.  Unbelievable.  When will it ever stop!?  We have been in close contact and I am so happy I can help her by shedding some light on this crazy journey.  She is a wonderful, strong women and can and will make it through this.  (Thinking of you constantly!)

Ladies – Promise me in the new year you will schedule your annual OB/gyn exams and mammograms.  Trust me – it’s worth your time!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year!



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