It’s Been a Year

March 15th.  It’s been exactly one year since I heard the words “You have breast cancer.”  Some days it seems like it was just yesterday, while other days it seems like it’s been forever.

It’s been a long year to say the least.  The diagnosis, testing, six rounds of chemotherapy, losing my hair, a double mastectomy with reconstruction, 28 rounds of radiation, and almost a full year (every 3 weeks) of Herceptin.  I’m tired just thinking about it.  And I wish I could say it was over.  From a treatment perspective, I have one more round of Herceptin in early April and then what I hope is my final surgery April 23rd.

Now I have a lot of work to do on managing the thoughts in my head.  Breast cancer has changed me.  It’s just reality.  So now I am trying to figure out what my new “normal” is supposed to be.  Unfortunately, I am learning rather quickly that “normal” doesn’t exist anymore.

At my one year anniversary I want to stand on a mountain top and scream “breast cancer sucks” and “f$%@” cancer!”  At the same time I want to thank everyone that has been behind me and provided great support for me, Ed, Gracie and my family.

I am still fighting and will beat this!

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