Hello Dear Readers,
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn.
A turn that for me, that I thought I would have never, ever,
faced. Not in a bazillion years.
We all have those bumps in the road.
But for me, it is a “lump” in the road.
My Life’s New Challenge.
But hey!…I love a challenge and this challenge I will win
with the love and support
of family and the overwhelming outpouring of friends,
and my incredible team of doctors and staff.
So what happened?
I am so diligent about getting my yearly physical,
going every year to the dermatologist,
getting my yearly mammograms.
Trying to lead a healthy life and healthy diet,
with the exception of a great burger and fries from time to time
and let’s not forget the Chardonnay!
I have even been on a gluten (or somewhat) free diet.
It’s not uncommon that I get a “call back” for further films
or an ultrasound
as I am dense…..not my mind…..my breasts!
In late July, there was a call back.
I never panic as those call backs have been fine.
But not this one.
Something not good on the films and ultrasound.
Now, last years’ films were good
A referral was made for a biopsy.
O.K., I got this . . . I’ll be fine.
Hey my mom is a very healthy almost 94 year old!
A tissue biopsy was performed (that was an experience!)
They said it would be 3 to 4 days before I would get results.
O.K. no problem.
The phone rang on a Friday afternoon.
Hello…..”is this Shirley?”
“yes it is, hello, how are you?”
“I’m fine . . . do you have a minute to talk?”
Uh oh … that did not sound good.
I often thought of how I would react
to a not so great phone call.
I feel like I am pretty strong.
I was strong as she gave me the diagnosis,
thinking all the while….this can’t be my diagnosis!
My mammo was fine last year. Am I dreaming?
No, it was not a dream or should I say nightmare?
My hubby joined in on the call when he heard me
talk to the Breast Center’s nurse coordinator.
You could tell he was in shock too.
There have been many tests
and physician visits of each specialty.
My hubby and my son have been at my side in every visit.
My son has been the “journalist”
taking incredible notes in his journal
and asking very pertinent questions.
I so believe that each specialist was very impressed by this.
My hubby also taking notes and asking questions
while I am trying to let all this information sink in.
Am I still dreaming?
I have been pretty healthy all my life,
so this was a total shock.
I am Triple Positive,
so my treatments will be appropriate to that.
Chemo for 4 months, surgery, and radiation.
When the news hit family and friends,
I cannot tell you what the outpouring of love
has been….beautiful gifts in the mail,
knocks on the door with a smile and hugs a pretty in hand.
Beautiful emails, phone calls, texts, visits.. .
invitations to dinner, etc. have been constant.
I am BLESSED!
A friend has already made me 2 batches of
Magic Mineral Broth.
So I will be sipping that broth often.
I am staying positive and finding my strength
through the love of my family, friends, and above all, faith.
My “team” at UNC is phenomenal!!
I could not be in a better place.
My first chemo treatment is Wednesday and I am having that
Cold Capping treatment done
in hopes that I will not lose much hair!
I got this!!!
Oh by the way,
this blue and white Fall tablescape,
was created a couple of years ago.
And on another happy note:
Do you hang on and covet those precious handmade things
by your children and/or grandchildren?
I do! Like this sweet turkey
my granddaughter made for me so many years ago
and I still have a little Halloween ghost I put out every year
that my son so proudly made when he was 5 years old.
He always says, “you still have that?”
Yes I do and one day I may have it bronzed! 🙂
My table is filling up with such wonderful things.
I am truly blessed!
Hopefully, once I get into my “care routine”
I will be bringing you
updates on the house. Yes, in the middle of all of this
we will be moving….Hey, it gets me out of lifting boxes!
The house decorating will just have to wait!
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Have a most beautiful day everyone!
I shall, “KEEP CALM AND CHEMO ON!”
Will try to post when I can.
Watch my progress and happenings
with the house and my “just a lump in the road”
also on Instagram.