The short and sweet of it:
September 2014: Preschool teacher and mother of two under 5. Busy, loving our sweet little life.
October, November, December, and January: Sick all the time. I thought it was allergies, rashes, or GLUTEN! I was a constant visitor to the walk in clinic and ER.
February 2015: Felt lump under right breast, while breastfeeding.
March 2015: Went to the walk in to get the lump checked. Received a mammogram, biopsy and MRI.
April 18, 2015: Officially diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.
May 19, 2015: Lumpectomy and port surgery.
June 19th, 2015: Chemotherapy begins. 16 rounds, could only do 14 due to neuropathy in fingertips and toes.
June 23rd, 2015: Shaved my head at Anton’s Hair and Wig in Bellevue. Walked away with a wig of my own hair. My wig angel, Shirley Apeland gifted the extravagant gesture of love.
October 19, 2015: Last day of Chemo!
October 27th, 2015: Removal of port.
November 25th, 2015: Began radiation, every day, 5 days a week.
December 15th, 2015: Took a week long break and let my skin heal from the daily radiation.
January 11th, 2016: Completed radiation!
February 2016: Mammogram and officially “No Evidence of Disease”.
I would like to say that this was the end of it all, but I battle with the PTSD that comes with the experience of cancer. The hopeful part of this all is that I managed to be here. That’s good enough for today.