Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Last Friday was my cancerversary. Exactly one year ago I found a lump in my left breast, which, needless to say, is no longer with me. Lefty is now being stored in a back room of MDAnderson Cancer Center, on a lower shelf somewhere, I’m sure.
Coincidentally - or maybe not - the last of my treatments (radiation) finished up last Tuesday. The complete cancer adventure took one whole year, a year with few highs and lots of lows. How working women or women with small children get through cancer treatment amazes me. They have my utmost respect.
But on the encouraging side, the whole thing is doable. It might not be fun. There might be other things one wants to do with that year, but cancer treatment is a demanding mistress and one must give it its due and then get on with life.
For me, I now wait six months (at least) for that area to heal so I can have breast reconstruction (or not. That decision doesn’t have to be made at the moment) or, at least, some scar repair and possibly the other boob removed. I’m weighing my options. My three-month tests all looked good. I’ll do them - and more - all over again in October.
Right now I’m feeling good and building up my strength again. Juan-and-Only and I walked to the neighborhood Wings ‘n More tonight, had dinner, and walked home. A big deal for me. Don’t know if the exercise worked off the good, greasy meal but it felt good to walk in the Texas heat.
I also want you all to know how much your support and prayers have meant to me and Juan. If I didn’t respond to your email or comment, I was probably overwhelmed at that moment and once I got behind in correspondence, the situation just overwhelmed me more! Forgive me and know that I valued the communication.