I got the news on January 12th, 2017 and when they told me I remember I was frozen in shock. I just started a new job... but now I had invasive breast cancer. They tried two times to remove the tumor but couldn't get it all, so I needed a mastectomy but I'd have to have chemo first. The second pathology report showed 3 separate tumors, two were horomone + and the last one, the one that I found on my own, was her 2+. The report also showed that I had wide spread dcis that was growing rapidly throughout the entire right breast. So in February, I started chemo, 16 rounds of chemo to be exact. I was extremely sick during treatments, I couldn't work, I lost every hair on my entire body, I could barely walk to the bathroom, forget about the stairs. But about halfway through the second regime I started to feel a little better... and guess what... I started to see some peach fuzz on my head. By the time chemo was completely finished in July, I was able to walk a mile or so with Jamie and the kids. Now...I still get herceptin infusions every three weeks, and I'll have to take a horomone blocking pill and get a monthly shot for the next 5-10 years, but I wake up every single day and thank God that these meds were found and that I'll have years with my family, that without them, I wouldnt have this time. In fact it was only 25-30 years ago that getting a Her2+ breast cancer diagnosis was a death sentence.
Today, before I posted this, I reached a goal to run 5 miles.... it's been so hard pushing through and building up some strength again, but I wanted to run for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, because without this foundation, as it's the largest of its kind, my life saving meds may never have been found. So todayI registered ... because I wanted to take action and be More Than Pink™. I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer and need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
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