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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 09:59AM

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.

"I don't get to control my cancer. I do get to control how I choose to live each day with cancer." - Me Dx 7/8/2021, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 7/8/2021, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 8/23/2021, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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