2006 started out mild enough, but soon it turned really ugly. I had breast cancer. Yes, breast cancer. Stage 3B ugly, nasty, unforgiving breast cancer. For those that are unfamiliar with the stages, 3B is like a D minus with 4 being fatal (F). Yes, I was a D minus. I hadn't had a D since my home economics class in high school! In school you could work yourself back to a reasonable grade by doing extra credit, bringing apples for the teacher, anything. I was at a loss -- how do you bring up your cancer grade?
Well, it turns out you have to put in a lot of work: first surgery, where they remove the cancerous spots (I opted for a lumpectomy even though my lymph nodes were involved). Then I did the chemo thing which is the equivalent of being poisoned to death every two weeks. Once you start to feel relatively normal you do it all over again. After long months of that hell, I got to experience radiation. The kindest of all three cures, radiation is done every single day for 32 days -- like a demented tanning bed. It ultimately fried what was left of my breast and left it hard as a rock.
You can imagine what I was left with for breasts, right? Cut, poisoned and burned and they sure didn't match. While I hated the thought of more doctors and surgery, I really just wanted my girls to match. I've had quite a few surgeries since that time to get them to look similar, but the best of all is scheduled for TODAY! I am having my (hopefully) FINAL SURGERY and getting a NEW NIPPLE!
If you have a moment today, please say a prayer for my surgeon -- I need all the help I can get!