The Anchor ๐Ÿ’—โš“๏ธ๐Ÿ’— – Edition 31

12/21/17

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope that everyone is doing well and having a nice holiday season.ย  I have not written in awhile and feel out of practice.ย  I have two weeks off of work which is great.ย  Last week, we held a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at my campus for our students since they lost many of their toys due to Hurricane Harvey.ย  The Holiday Pop-Up Shop was a success and will bring smiles to many students’ faces. ย 

As for me, I have had a lot more “free” time and I am not going to MD Anderson as frequently as before.ย  I met with my oncologist a few weeks ago and she said that I am doing well.ย  She also prescribed Tamoxifen for me to take every day for the next 10 years.ย  The drug is an estrogen blocker.ย  I was estrogen positive, which means that excess estrogen played a factor in my breast cancer diagnosis.ย  The medication will block estrogen that I produce.ย  Just like any medication, it comes with a list of side-effects.ย  To be honest, the side-effects haven’t been bad or I guess I haven’t really noticed them.ย  I did have a dull headache the first few weeks, but I don’t seem to have one anymore. ย 

I also went to the plastic surgeon.ย  He said that my radiated skin is looking really good and I will have reconstruction surgery in June.

TW and I also went to a fertility doctor that works with women that have had cancer.ย  I must remain cancer free for 2 years before trying anything to get pregnant.ย  A lot more was discussed at the meeting, I may save that for another post…ย  My main focus is myself and staying cancer free. ย 

It is hard to believe that my treatments have come to an end, but there is not a day that goes by that I do not “think” about cancer.ย  I feel like I was given a second chance at LIFE and I view things totally different than I did before.ย  I am a different person than I was on February 2, 2017, the day I was diagnosed.ย  With that being said, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Anchored in HOPE,ย 

JW

 

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