In January 2003, I was diagnosed with stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer, a rare aggressive form of cancer. I had chemo to shrink the tumor because the cancer was aggressively involving my skin.and lymph nodes, After 4 months of chemo, I had a mastectomy. The surgeon found several tumors and 14 of 17 lymph nodes were also involved. I continued with chemo for several more months followed by radiation. I was then in remission.
In 2004, I had open heart surgery and it was determined that this was an effect of the strong chemo drugs I had been on. Then, in 2008, I was re-diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (liver, and bone). Once again I was in treatment involving chemo and radiation. This past year, after recent scans I was told, “there was no active cancer.” I am elated!
I do believe there is a higher power watching over me. I have been giving the opportunity once more to be a positive influence for someone who is going through this journey. It is my hope that I can inspire someone to believe there is life after cancer. You will have a new normal and it can be good. I have been truly blessed over and over again.
Through all this, my support has been and continues to be my three daughters and their families, Shelley and Tom, Jodi and Dan, and Terri, my nine beautiful grandchildren, my brother Bob and Betty, and sister Carol and Todd. Hugs to Carol, Karen, and Corey, you know what you did and I am so grateful. My piece would not be complete without your help. I love you all to the moon and back!