This is my journey and my journal. It is my way of dealing, coping, sharing. It just IS!
This is all out war ~ war against breast cancer; IDC to be exact: Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma.
Thank you for everyone's prayers, love and support. I receive them with open and loving arms. My wish is that I will gain strength from you; and that I will provide strength to others and help to strip away some of the fear we each experience.
And now that treatment is nearly one year behind me, it's time to log in some of the fun stuff; rather than just talk of cancer and doctors.
LIVESTRONG: I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. WE WILL WIN!
Have you or your loved one had their annual mammogram? PLEASE, don't put it off. Speaking from experience, I highly recommend monthly self exam as well.
WARNING: Contents may be uplifting, sad, funny, scary, downright depressing ~ THAT IS CANCER .... at it's best, at its worst.
PLEASE ~ Feel free to share this blog with anyone who is interested to learn about my journey. While I welcome their support, I hope that by sharing this experience freely to the universe I may help to support others by breaking down some of the barriers and fear associated with breast cancer and the treatment.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Buh Bye, Radiation. Hope to never see ya again!
That's it -- 33 radiation treatments complete. And not only did I get to ring the bell, just like when I completed chemo, but...
I also received a certificate of Merit and Appreciation.
So that's the last of radiation I will need to endure, hopefully forever and ever. And, it was not all that bad, other than the inconvenience of the every day treatments, some skin breakdown and mild fatigue. That is all behind me now. :-)
Besides, I have learned about a new study on the use of Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors so now I have some good talking points for my Oncologist when I see him later this week and discuss the prescribed Femara (Letrozole), which is an Aromatase Inhibitor. Thanks to my pharmacist niece, Sharleen, for alerting me to this new information. It sure is nice to have nurses and pharmacists in the family.
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!