The Short Story

img_6532The short and sweet of it:

Before:

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.

During:

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!

After:

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.