My Breast Cancer Story

Saturday, December 11, 2010

On November 10, 2010, I was diagnosed with invasive & aggressive
breast cancer. I had decided that if I had cancer, that I would choose a mastectomy. I told my surgeon to please arrange to get the surgery
date affirmed before I left his office. He was really taken aback, I
could tell, but my mind was made up. My appointment for surgery was
to be on November 18.

I went into the hospital on November 18, for surgery. I arrived very
early in the morning. Family members, Members from our church, &
dear friends were there. it was afternoon before my surgery was
performed. The last thing I remembered, was looking up and smiling
for God. I knew He would be there by my side.

When I awoke, I was in horrendous pain. I didn't even have my eyes
open, but I could hear the chatter of the nurses. I let them know that
I had to have something for pain. Of course, they answered that they
would give me medicine as often as I needed it. I was in recovery for
a long time. While there they brought me a regular dinner meal. I ate
some of it.

Later, I was moved into a hospital room. I remember on the way
to my room, I became really nauseous. I was given a pan and my
meal came up. I got settled into my room and went back to sleep. I
I slept without waking, until 3:30 in the morning. My dear husband
was asleep. I had pain again, and had to call the nurse. She brought
something to put in my IV. My pain eased some. I suffer with chronic
back ache and was sore. I couldn't get comfortable, no matter what
I did. I think about 8 am, I slept just a few minutes. My surgeon
came in about 11 am & checked me good. I told him to please
dismiss me, so I could go home. He seemed reluctant, but he allowed
me to leave. I told him that I would be much more comfortable at
home with my back.

I arrived home at approximately 12:30 pm. It was really great to be
home. I walked around some, but mostly wanted to be in bed. I
couldn't nap nor go to bed and sleep that night. When I was able to
sleep, it was only for 6 hours, every night. After two weeks, I started
sleeping about 7 hours. I have been through many surgeries, but this
one was by far, the most miserable. I lost my appetite and mostly
drank Ensure or Boost. I did drink all of my water daily. It now has
been just over 3 weeks since my surgery.

I am feeling better now, but I still get fatigued. I have been out
shopping and went to worship one Sunday. I drove my second week
and went shopping alone. I did well, except for getting weak. My
appetite has come back to near normal for the most part. I don't eat
a lot, even yet.

I went to see my oncologist on December 7. She had received a
copy of the pathologist results from my surgery. She told me that I
had invasive & aggressive cancer. Because I am so sensitive to drugs, especially steroids, she decided to meet with a team of doctors to
decide what treatment would be better for me. They met this week
and all doctor's agreed that chemo is the only answer for me. Other
drugs will be added, but I don't know all of them. I don't have a
schedule when I will be starting the chemo, until I see her again on
12/21. I have to be healed before she will start, so I am thinking that
will be in January 2011.

I have not had a worry nor fear through this very unpleasant ordeal
that I have gone through. But I did have concern re: chemo. But, I
have talked to so many women who are survivors, especially my
Team, "Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care." They have
given me comfort and told me that chemo is not really that bad. So,
I will be ready to take my treatment, knowing that if cancer is
anywhere else in my body, that the chemo will kill it. If you have
been diagnosed with breast cancer, Please join our Team, it is there
that I have learned so very much. I have learned how many of the
Survivors fought the battle of breast cancer and have won the Battle!!

I too, believe that I will win my battle of fighting the cancer. I am
so blessed that I got my annual mammogram and that my cancer
was found. I urge all women to be sure to get your mammogram
every year. It may save your life and keep you from suffering with
cancer that has spread all over your body. I give God the glory, that
I am healing and that soon, I will be cancer free!

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  • no profile photo CD4106991
    I am so sorry to hear this. My mom is a breast cancer survior and I am very active in the walks for breast cancer. I get checked every year. My thought and prayers are with you emoticon
    3621 days ago
    My goodness, I didn't know you were going through this. Prayers are with you. I can understand why this would irritate your SI joint too. Best wishes to you for a very speedy recovery
    3690 days ago
    You will beat this! My mom's experience sounds much like yours - and she's been a survivor for 21 years now! Stay strong and positive and always know that thoughts and prayers are coming in a continuous stream from all your Spark friends!
    I'm sending prayers and healing thoughts your way!
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    3694 days ago
    Thank you for sharing and don't you worry about how long it is.
    I'm send ing you prayers and hugs!
    3695 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2659270
    Don't worry about the length or is your message that matters!...When we share info and our experiences with others it can often alleviate fears and ease the sense of isolation that comes with surgery or any other procedure...Bless you for being so open and not glossing over the difficult are a light and I am thankful to be your friend...hugs
    3695 days ago
    Good morning Barb,
    God's blessings. Have a wonderful Sunday.
    I am blessed by our Lord for finding you here on Spark.
    Daily prayers and Hugs.
    I am thankful for your healing at home. It is the best place.
    Grow strong each day with our Lord's Love,
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    3695 days ago
    I'm so sorry you had to go through this painful experience but now you can relax and take one day at a time until you're 100% cured!

    You are a great role model for the rest of us!
    3695 days ago
    sending prayers and hugs!! Stay strong!!
    3695 days ago
    Bless you, your strength and your faith. Indeed a very powerful blog. Thanks for sharing.
    3695 days ago
    Barb, Bless You! I really admire your strength and your faith. Along with your positive attitude, they will pull you through. Your sharing is helping others, I'm sure. You touch a lot of lives here! There are a lot of survivors; you'll be in that group! Be well. Prayers, Joy
    3695 days ago
    Barb, You are always an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story. As always, I will continue to pray for healing for you and wisdom for the doctors.
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    PS: I had my mammogram done on Friday!
    3695 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2010 3:45:07 AM
    Sending prayers your way!
    3695 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    What a blog,thank you for sharing what you went through and sharing your faith and strength,it's very inspiring.I wish you the blessings of healing and becoming cancer free.You have the support and love of your Spark family and our loving Father above.God and peace be with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon
    3695 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3604344
    What a powerful blog!! God bless you throughout your journey to being cancer free.
    3695 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7565518
    Dee is right, you're very strong and you're faith will help you through this. Remember there is reason why Laughter is the Best Medicine. If you can't laugh, you can't do anything.

    I know some women lose their hair during chemo, but there is a good number that don't. My mentor lost her hair, she now is the proud owner of a neon Pink, Blue and Green Wig. she also has one styled in a Jacky O look. and one that looks like her hair before she lost it... she favors the blue one.
    3695 days ago
  • DEE107
    You are a very strong person and your faith is just as strong.. as you go thru your chemo and what else you may have to do I will be by your side praying for you ..Hugs and GOD Bless Dee
    3695 days ago
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