Friday, April 26, 2013
This week I had another friend call me to tell me she was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Let me start this journey. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 7 years ago. Wow, what a shock that was. Fast forward a little (don't want to write about my journey here now). My good friends husband was diagnosed about a year later and passed a year after that. He was a scientist for Genintex who discovered the Hercepton drug that I had for 21 months for the Her-2-Nu genetic receptor that 20% of women with breast cancer die from. There were hundreds at the funeral. I sat next to other dedicated scientist there to honor him, who are frantic to find drugs for cancer patients. I have survived.
My older brother was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma 2 years ago. After numerous test, a trip to the Mayo Clinic and a 3 month stay at Harvard Medical Center for a new form of radiation, he was sent home. Unfortunately it had little to no affect on the tumor. He is confined to a wheel chair with a morphine drip now but refuses to give up to this disease. I know his will to live. I inherited it as well. Time is precious for his family now. I have survived.
One of my dearest friends in the world was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer 2 years ago. I watched as she bravely fought to rid her body of this menace for 18 months. It had spread through her entire body. She was the most faithful of spirits. She had just had her first grandchild and together we had planned to enjoy this time as Nana's. She drew her last breath at 55 just 6 months ago. I have survived.
Now our good friend called me last weekend, encouraged but devastated. She has breast cancer. They felt is was early, stage 1 or 2. She went to the surgeon today after her MRI and was told the grim news. They found it in both breast, most likely Stage 3 in both and it has metastasized in many lymph nodes. Chemo treatment starts next week before surgery. I am honored that people call me an inspiration and ask for prayer. I know how truly blessed I am. I have survived.
In the past 5 years, Cancer has been all around me. It taken too many of my friends. I HATE CANCER!!!!!
BUT I HAVE SURVIVED. I will not let it beat me.
Live every day as if it's your last. Control stress in your life. Live in the moment, it's all we have. Love your loved ones as if there is no tomorrow. Thank God every day for the blessings he's given.
I have survived another day.