February 2nd, 2011 Julie
Three years ago, in January I was diagnosed with stage IIIa breast cancer. A week later I had a mastectomy. Six weeks after that, chemo started. I had infusions of chemo drugs every 2 weeks (dose dense schedule) for 4 months. My hair fell out 2 weeks into treatment. Probably the most devastating part of the whole process. My Grandma died a few days later. During chemo, I had to have nightly shots in my stomach of a drug to raise my white count so that I could keep up with the does dense schedule. Between chemo and radiation, I started the reconstructions process which required several surgeries. I drove myself two hours round trip, every day for 6 weeks to radiation. Then I spent 9 months having infusions of Herceptin every 2 weeks after radiation. In all, it was a year and a half of weekly, and some times daily trips to the hospital.
I am happy to say, I have been cancer FREE for 3 years now. I am healthy, happy and going strong. I am blessed with a good husband, and 3 incredible kids. I try to remember every day that things can always be worse, and have been worse. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
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