The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 10

May 5, 2017

Dear Friends and Family

I wanted to give you an update as to how my week has been going.  This week was the first week that I was able to wash and blow dry my hair without any assistance!  Although it was nice having someone else wash and style my hair like I was at a hair salon, my mom’s services are no longer needed, thanks Mom for your help!  I also drove for the first time in weeks!  I did go grocery shopping by myself and was exhausted afterwards.  It was hard to push the cart and carry some of the items, so I think I will have TW go next time or maybe try ordering my groceries online and picking them up.

My port surgery was today and it went well.  The surgery was at 9:00 and was about an hour long and recovery was about an hour.  The doctor was very personable and has done 10,000 port surgeries, so I guess that makes me 10,001. 😉  The surgery was performed while I was under local anesthesia with sedation, so I was in and out of it during surgery.  I dozed off and woke up to the doctor singing, “It’s a Wonderful World”.  He continued to sing various other songs  while he performed my surgery.  If you would like to hear him sing, please listen to the link below.

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Tip #5 Be Strong and Courageous

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Be Strong and Courageous is a motto that I live by daily!  Everyday as a person with breast cancer or any hardship in life you must overcome certain obstacles.  I look at this sign all of the time to give me the Strength and Courage that I need to deal with each phase of my breast cancer journey.  Being Strong and Courageous is not always something easy to do, especially in the beginning when you are first going through the various mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies to see if you do have breast cancer.  Waiting for each test result is the worst part.  If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, make sure to get copies of all of your images to take to your first doctor appointment.  Once you are diagnosed things do get easier because a treatment plan is put in place with your doctors and there are not so many “unknowns”.  I now feel comfortable with my diagnosis because a treatment plan and timeline are in place.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have to remind myself to Be Strong and Courageous! Continue reading “Tip #5 Be Strong and Courageous”

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”

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”