Topic: Living Life - Every. Single. Day.

Forum: Who or What Inspires You? — Share your personal story, diagnosis, and treatment path, and stories of survival, hope, and success to encourage and inspire others!

Posted on: Oct 23, 2021 12:59PM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2021 12:59PM

wondering44 wrote:

I received the DX in July, a couple of days before my birthday. It was a struggle and a challenge—fast forward a few months.

I have taken four road trips. I traveled with my husband and knocked off a bucket list item we had that I kept saying I was too busy to do for the last few years. I spent a couple of weeks with my in-laws. I slept through most of it due to the mastectomy recovery. Afterward, I met them out of state for some flea market shopping. I traveled with my girlfriends on a camping and flea market shopping trip. I will go back to spend time with my in-laws for Christmas after radiation. We are hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year since travel is limited during radiation (something I said every year is way too much work to do). I have a road trip planned in January with my girlfriend. My husband and I are going to the Islands next year after my reconstruction. I figured I'd want an even set of boobs before putting a swimsuit back on. We are working on a road trip to Alaska next year. We are looking at sailboats too—no time like the present to learn how to sail a boat. I put in my first-ever order for a pretty red sports car. I hope she is fast!

I realized through this process that I did everything I was supposed to do.

  • I built a career.
  • I raised my kids.
  • I didn't travel to keep $ in the bank for a rainy day.
  • I loved my husband but did not truly appreciate who he was.

Thanks to that CRAP DX—I am living. Every. Single. Day.

Radiation Therapy 1/11/2021 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing Hormonal Therapy 12/27/2021 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/27/2021 Femara (letrozole) Dx DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 8, 2021 12:32PM sunshine99 wrote:

Wondering44, what a lovely topic. In addition to my "Favorite" threads, I like to scroll through the "All Topics" each day and just came across this one.

I'm off to my MO appointment in a few minutes and then my Zometa infusion. I'll come back later and share some (hopefully) inspirational stuff.


Carol Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External Local Metastases 5/5/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External Local Metastases 5/12/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)

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