Monday, September 21, 2009
Today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As much as I was expecting the diagnosis, I wasn't. I just can't help but wonder how much one person can take. First it was Mike's accident, now this! Whatever did I do to deserve cancer? There's no family history nor did I possess the risk factors. The doctor said I was just "unlucky". Boy, what an understatement!!! The tumor is so large that they plan to take the left breast off and once I have more tests they will determine if the right one needs to come off, too. What does one do with only one boob? Walk lopsided? Get a prosthetic boob? I have no idea. For those of you who know me, I will say this only once because I am loathe to admit it, but I'm scared. That said, know this-I will beat cancer as I have far too much left unfinished. Once the surgery is complete and I am healed, I'll start chemotherapy. I will lose my hair. Maybe my friend Deb will let me borrow her wigs!? I am thankful to have the support of co-workers/friends like Tara and Deb and my family, especially Hannah, Mike & Bert. I won't get through this without them (which I also hate to admit!). What I need from everyone is positive thought & prayer along with any suggestions for alternative therapies to complement the standard treatment.