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It Could Never Happen to ME…

 

You are probably thinking…another BLOG.  You are incorrect, this BLOG is about BREAST CANCER AWARENESS UNDER THE AGE OF 40 and advocating for yourself to get a baseline mammogram.  If you are over the age of 40, please get a mammogram.  

My whole breast cancer diagnosis is somewhat surreal and I still cannot believe that I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 with no signs or symptoms.  Breast cancer does not run in my family.  The reason that I had my first baseecardsline mammogram was because a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36.  I thought to myself, I should probably get my baseline mammogram to check things out on my own.

My husband was going to be out of town on Saturday, January 12, 2017, so I thought, that sounds like a great day to get a mammogram!  I scheduled my appointment online and that was that, so I thought…  I needed to get my gynocologist to sign off on the papers for my scheduled mammogram.  I spoke with the Nurse Practitioner and she asked, “Have you noticed any lumps or changes in your breasts.” and my answer was “NO.”  She also asked, “Does breast cancer run in your family.” and my answer was “NO.”  The Nurse Practitioner said that the Gyncologist doesn’t usually recommend a patient getting a mammogram unless they have answered yes to the questions that she had asked me.

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 22

9/17/17

Dear Friends and Family,

It has been awhile since I have written!  I have been really busy working during the day and when I come home from work I rest.  I completed treatment number 15 on 9/8/17 by Celebrating Stand Up To Cancer Day! My Chemo Anchors were my mom and dad. I purchased orange bracelets and as you can see in one of the pictures below, my husband and dog are wearing them.  Every time I go to MD Anderson, I look for items that say HOPE and I happened to find a wreath that read HOPE that I have never seen before.  Day 3 and Day 4 after treatment were rough.  I felt nauseous and like I had the flu.  I also slept ALOT!  Needles to say, I did not make it to work on Monday for the students’ first day at their new location since our school flooded.  I had several counselors on standby to help the Licensed Specialist in School Phycology (LSSP), if she needed it.  A special thank you to SD, SC, SW, DB, and JH for being on standby! Continue reading “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 22”

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Post Surgery Recommended Item: Ode to the Recliner

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The recliner became a very popular place to sit in my house post surgery.  I borrowed my parent’s La-Z-Boy recliner.  It was very comfortable sitting in the recliner when I was sore from surgery and had my drains.  It released the pressure on my body, especially when I laid all of the way back.  If I was not sitting in my recliner, my husband or the dogs would sit in it.  After I was healed from surgery and started receiving chemotherapy, we gave the recliner back to my parents.  My husband and I decided to buy our own La-Z-Boy recliners and now he has one and I have one.  The dogs still like to sit on the recliners.  I am glad that I will have my recliner for reconstruction surgery. Continue reading “Post Surgery Recommended Item: Ode to the Recliner”

The Anchor ⚓️ 💗⚓️ – Edition 21

Edition 21 Texas

8/30/17

Dear Friends and Family

Today is a new day, a day of renewal and HOPE!  I actually see the sun shining brightly.  The sun serves as a reminder that we must move on from Hurricane Harvey’s havocs and remain strong.  We must look around us and notice that what is important are our family, friends, fur babies, neighbors, and fellow Texans.  

As you have been watching the news, you know that Hurricane Harvey has completely devastated southeast Texas.  I have never imagined that anything like this could happen to Houston and the surrounding counties.  You hear the predictions, but you don’t really know what those predictions mean until they happen and are surpassed.  I was on several group texts and it is disheartening when people you know are affected by evacuating and flooding. 

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The Anchor ⚓️💗⚓️ – Edition 20

August 25, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

I cannot believe that this is the 20th Edition of The Anchor!  I hope that you enjoy reading my posts and much as I enjoy writing them!  Please pass along my blog address if you know of someone that would benefit from reading my blog.  Also, please feel free to give them my email address.  

While getting ready for work on Monday, I was curling the few eyelashes I had left and my hand slipped and my eyelash curler pulled out all of my remaining eyelashes!  It was a very traumatic experience for me because they have been falling out one by one, not all at the same time!  I probably shouldn’t have been using the eyelash curler in the first place…  I immediately started crying and my husband asked what was wrong and Maverick, the lab, started shaking because he knew I was upset.  I knew that I would eventually lose all of my eyelashes, I just didn’t want it to happen that way.  With the few remaining eyelashes on my other eye, I am not curling them or applying mascara anymore.  I bought magnetic eyelashes to try, but you have to have eyelashes for them to stick to.  Also, they are very hard to put on properly even if you do have a few eyelashes.  I may look into getting a pair of false eyelashes, I was told by Kitsa, the “garment” maker, that Ardell makes good false eyelashes.  I may try those.  My oncologist does not want me to go to a lash salon since I am receiving chemo.  I still apply eyeshadow and eyeliner.  Continue reading “The Anchor ⚓️💗⚓️ – Edition 20”

Post Surgery Recommended Item: NO Muscles 💪🏻 Needed

After surgery, you will be very sore and it will be hard for you to lift items.  I remember trying to lift my 30 oz Yeti and I was unable to because it was too heavy.  Fortunately for me, my sweet friend gave me a much smaller tumbler as a gift that also reminded me to stay Anchored in HOPE.  I continually drank water with lemon throughout the day and my arm was not sore when lifting a much smaller cup.  

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The Anchor ⚓️💗⚓️ – Edition 19

August 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

On August 11th, I received a new chemotherapy medicine called AC (Adriamycin Cyclophosphamide).  I completed my routine blood work, covered my port with numbing cream, and met with my oncologist and pharmacist to review the possible side effects of the new chemo treatment I would be receiving.   My room was ready and it was time for me to face the “Red Devil”, which is the nickname for Adriamycin because it is red.  I mentioned to the nurse that I was nervous about receiving the “Red Devil” and she said, “Don’t be nervous, I call it the “Red Angel” because it helps you get better.”  Notice in the picture below, the “Red Angel” is bigger and stronger than the “Red Devil”.

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The Anchor ⚓️💗⚓️ – Edition 18

August 5, 2017

Dear Friends and Family, 

A milestone has occurred in my treatment, I have COMPLETED 12 rounds of Taxol!  🙂  My Chemo Anchors this week were my mom and dad.  Throughout my treatment, my mom texts or calls me everyday to see how I am doing.  We celebrated be eating my mom’s  homemade chocolate chip cookies for National Chocolate Chip Day!  It is an amazing feeling to be making such progress, but I do still have radiation in the fall and reconstruction in the spring. 

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