I will surviveThe Breast Cancer Site
Turning 50 in 2009 prompted me to have my first mammogram. This mammogram was to change my life in more ways than one.
December 18 2009 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer which followed on January 8 2010 a diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer as well.
A Lumpectomy & Axcillary clearance, 12 rounds of Chemotherapy, 6 weeks of Radiotherapy & 12 months of herceptin treatment were to follow. The Tamoxifen appears to have produced a progating DVT from my right arm, across my right breast into the jugular & eventually stopped under my jawline in February 2011 – a very frightening 4 days. 6 months of blood thinning injections seems to have resolved that matter.
The removal of my thyroid and a round of Radioactive Iodine showed the thyroid had moved to my lungs. The second round of iodine seems to have killed the lung nodules but a trace is still present in my throat..another lot of Iodine in 6 mths.
The support of my work, my Little athletic family and family members have helped me to stand tall. I have been fortunate not to be too sick during it all.
My inspiration came from my girlfriend Kathy fighting her own demon for the past 16 years.
My 4 children and my husband have stood beside me through it all holding my hand, encouraging me to keep fighting have been amazing and I love them all so dearly.
2 years down the road I am still battling this demon and determined to win..I want to be the first family member to reach 100 & with the love & support I have I see no reason why I wouldnt make it.