Wednesday, September 12, 2012
4 yEaRs caNceR FrEE!!!!!!
I am today so thankful for all the great things in my life and most of all my health. After some soul searching, time and healing I have found myself again after my breast cancer journey and the end to a long marriage. I have tried things I never ever imagined i would or could do, met and shared my life with some very great people, pushed myself to the limit both physically and emotionally to find that you can succeed with hard work and diligence, embraced a little tighter the people most close to me, took some risks, spent time alone to escape and unwind, had a ton of fun along the way, continue to hopefully inspire and give back, and always look positively ahead and not behind. So hard to believe it's been 4 years and how far I have come since that time. It's a good thing :)
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, August 26, 2010
It has been a long time since I updated this blog. I wanted to post something new as so much time has passed and there are still people who come to visit my blog pages.
I am almost a 2-year survivor and my life has changed so much in the past year's time. I just turned 50 and competed in my first 5K race as a relay in a triathlon. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be running at my age, but with the inspiration of my friend Cathy who runs marathons and competes in triathlons I did it! And I was thrilled with my time of 30.08 minutes. I am almost at the end of a divorce and will be moving to my new home within a month. I have a great circle of friends and the greatest kids ever who have supported me and cheered me on. I am looking ahead to the future with a huge smile on my face. I believe in myself again after a long time of feeling like a failure in my life and marriage. Me getting cancer made me re-evaluate my life and what I wanted and needed for myself. As I have said before "life is too short" Don't waste a minute of it!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
One year ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer! It is hard for me to believe that a whole year has gone by. I clearly remember how overwhelming it is when you first learn you have cancer and you are not in control of the situation. Doctors, surgeons,appointments, biopsies, oncologists, surgery or no surgery?, lumpectomy or mastectomy? and chemotherapy. I have gone through 4 surgeries in the past year, 6 chemo treatments, two of which failed, countless visits to Hotel Froedert, my oncologist and plastic surgeon and weeks of feeling like crap. At the time I had thought time had stood still. I was bald, boobless and feeling pretty ugly. Now it seems somewhat long ago.
Today my health is excellent, probably better than before. I walk, run and have just started biking again. I exercise almost daily! I have lost almost 15 pounds in the past year. I have boobs! I have hair again! My next surgery will be in October when the soft tissue expanders are removed and the real implants are put in.
My days are now filled with work, family, exercise and staying healthy and fighting my now curly hair! And I love it!
My life has changed but for the better. I can truly say that "life is short" don't waste a minute of it. I wouldn't wish this path in the road for anyone. It takes a toll on you both physically and emotionally. You will either play the cards you are dealt with and move on or let cancer overtake you and beat you up. This journey has taught me about true friendship, love and support,hope and faith, patience and motivation.
I believe I am a better person because of having had cancer!