It has been a while since I blogged about my mom and how she is dealing with her breast cancer diagnosis. After the surgery in June, they said they removed all of it and we truly thought she would simply have radiation and be done by summer's end. Well everything seemed to move at a snail's pace. By the time they had her visit with the oncologist, additional tests had come back that studies the probability of return and they believed she needed chemo and radiation.
In the same way she has handled everything, she jumped right in to studying all she could about it. Mostly upset that it was going to take her into the new school year when she is a foster grandparent in the kindergarten class and looks forward to that work every year. I will admit it was a shock to us all that she would need chemo. Somehow, it made it all that much more real to us. And it was all right around her birthday. But it's that strength she continues to show that makes all around her 'pony up' and stand in that same positive place. After all, this is her journey. So here is some more in her own words:
How do you spend your 66th birthday? Well going to the hospital and getting a port put in your chest so you can get chemo treatments to make sure your cancer doesn't come back. Next on the agenda is my first chemo treatment on Friday August 10th. I asked for Friday so I could rest up on the weekend.
I'm looking forward to going back to a kindergarten class when school starts and I'm hoping I keep enough energy to do that. Staying home all the time is just not something I ever want to do.
Went shopping for a wig with my daughter, they say bring someone who will tell you the truth. Found one that looks pretty close to my own hair. Thanks to my oldest son for buying that for me. They say my hair will fall out 2 to 3 weeks after treatment starts. Am I ready for that ? Well probably not,but then again I don't have a choice.
I've had a few emotional times,but I hear that's normal. But I'm still not scared. Just trying to be as ready as I can for whats coming next. I really know I am going to be fine no matter what happens. Bring on the hats. I told my granddaughter I wanted one with sparkles.
Our dear friend is walking a 3 day (60 mile) walk for Breast Cancer in Texas near where my mom lives. She is so close to her goal of the money they need to raise to participate. If you have a moment to look or a dollar to give, every bit helps!
Three-Day Breast Cancer Walk