The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 9

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4/27/17

Dear Friends and Family,

This week has been busy with doctor’s appointments and not feeling well.  On Monday, I had an appointment with the plastic surgeon due to things not healing correctly, so he had to do a procedure and put me on three different antibiotics to prevent infection.  The procedure felt like a set back due to being sore and in pain again, but everything is healing nicely now.

I met with my oncologist on Tuesday and she “reviewed” the possible side effects of chemotherapy.  I will be taking Taxol every week for 12 weeks.  After she “reviewed” the possible side effects, I had my list of questions to ask her about chemotherapy.  She was very helpful in answering ALL of my questions.  When I got home, a case of “the crying spells” began.  I felt very overwhelmed about all of the possible side effects of chemo AND losing my hair.  Fortunately, my dad was there to comfort me and make me feel better.  As the evening continued, I began to feel sick.  I took my temperature and it was 101.8.  My temperature had been taken earlier that day by the oncologist’s nurse and I didn’t have a fever.  I started to panic a bit, because in the back of my mind, I heard the plastic surgeon’s nurse saying “call the on call doctor after hours if you have a fever over 101 to see if you need to go the ER”.  The nurse gave me this information due to the procedure that I had on Monday.  My husband did a great job of helping me calm down and I called the on call doctor.  The on call doctor said that I was doing everything right by taking my antibiotics and to take Tylenol to reduce my fever.  He also said that I did not need to go to the ER.   Continue reading “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 9”

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Tip #4 HOPE Anchors the Soul

 

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Faith is important to many people daily and people tend to turn more closely to their faith in times of need and uncertainty.  Faith offers a person comfort and reassurance especially when being diagnosed with breast cancer.  If you are not a religious person, it is ok to reconnect with your faith during this trying time in your life. HOPES are that you will stay connected to your faith when your breast cancer journey is over. Continue reading “Tip #4 HOPE Anchors the Soul”

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 8

April  20,  2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Oh happy day! 😀  Drains be gone! All of my drains from surgery have been removed! I can now sleep on any side of my body comfortably. I know that I will sleep 😴 great tonight!  It sounds like something so minor, but it is great news considering I had the drains for 4 weeks!

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 7

April 15, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

Today TW and I had an appointment in the radiology department.  In the very beginning of my appointments at MDA and before they had biopsied the “suspicious” lymph node, my team of doctors thought that I was Stage 0.  They were basing it off of information from my previous mammogram from another hospital.  At that time, my team of doctors thought that I was Stage O – DCIS with large amounts of calcifications, meaning noninvasive cancer.  I briefly met the radiologist at my first appointment, but I did not think I would be meeting with him again due to information from my first mammogram. 

So my appointment was called radiologist “consultation”.  In my mind, I was thinking are we going to talk with the doctor about radiation being a possibility or has the decision already been made?  According from what I was told in the beginning, radiation is not needed unless 4 lymph nodes or more are involved.  I had 2 lymph nodes that were involved.  

TW and I are sitting in the waiting area and are called back to meet with the nurse.  She asks me the standard questions to see how I am doing and proceeds to say that she is going to show us the radiation video.  After she leaves the room, I ask TW for a tissue.  In my mind, I was thinking that this “consultation” was where a decision would be made, not that the decision had already been made.  Guess I was HOPEFUL, that radiation was not necessary.   Continue reading “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 7”

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 6

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April 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

TW and I attended appointments yesterday at MDA.  When you are at an MDA, consider it a “Most of the Day” event going from appointment to appointment, seeing one doctor after another and doing one test after another.  Yesterday was not different….  I started my morning off with an echocardiogram to check my heart to make sure that it is ok to receive chemo treatments.  I also went to the Infusion Therapy Center where I learned all about the port that I will be having surgery for to receive chemo from.  When the PA saw that I still had all of my drains in from surgery, she said that my port surgery and chemo would be delayed.  I need to have all of my drains out before they will do anything.  Next, I headed over to the plastic surgery department “plastics” (as MDA calls it) to talk to them about my drains and a problem that I was having with one of them leaking.  The last appointment of the day was with my oncologist.  I really love my oncologist, she is so positive and does a great job explaining things.  I have the most common type of breast cancer, 100% estrogen-receptor- positive.  I am progesterone-receptor-negative, and HER2-negative.  I will receive Taxol weekly for 12 weeks and AC every 2 weeks for 4 treatments.  My port operation and first chemo treatment will now be on April 28th.  I am HOPEFULE that the drains will be out soon, considering I have had them for over 3 weeks.

DRAINS, DRAINS, GO AWAY!!!

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

Pictured above:  The beautiful red roses are from my friend, LB and her family.  She knows me well, red roses are my favorite flower!

Tip #2 Take One Day at a Time and Tip #3 Surround Yourself with Positivity

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It is important to take one day at a time when you are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Learn about the diagnosis.  Find doctors and medical facilities that suite your needs and get second or third opinions.  You are going to be spending time with the doctors and you need to find a good fit between you and your doctors.

Also, surround yourself with positivity.  When you are surrounded with positive people in your life, they can help you when facing your breast cancer diagnosis and treatments.  You may find yourself going through many different emotions that are similar to the grieving process when first being diagnosed and throughout treatment. Continue reading “Tip #2 Take One Day at a Time and Tip #3 Surround Yourself with Positivity”