Monday, September 21, 2009

The Diagnosis

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.


  1. Dear Tami,
    I'm sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis. I am thinking of you during this challenging time. You're a fighter - you can beat this!

    I'll keep reading to see how it's going.

  2. I'm ready to board the "Tami kicks cancer's ass" express.

    Seriously, I'm tuned in and ready to rumble.