This isn’t the blog post I planned to write today.
I planned to write a synopsis of my recent experiences with the healthcare system, thoughtfully describing long wait times, expensive copayments, lack of communication, (more on all of those in upcoming posts…) but a happy ending.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the blog I’ll be writing today. The proverbial “other shoe” has dropped and we have a change in plans.
Rather, I am writing to tell you all that I recently found a new lump in my chest. After several weeks of wading through my doctor appointment, an ultrasound and, ultimately, a biopsy, it has been confirmed that I have recurrence of my breast cancer.
After weeks of waiting, this news has obviously taken the wind out of our sails and yesterday was an emotional day. The waiting is always the hardest part for me but, now that we know, we can take action. There is still much to do and learn before we develop a game plan. More testing, additional information from pathology… The hope and prayer is that we caught this new lump early and that it is localized to my chest only, but that is one of the things we need to figure out before coming up with a treatment plan.
Luckily, to quote my dad, “I’m in good shape for the shape I’m in.” I’m otherwise healthy and strong. Recent bloodwork was perfect and I feel great. (How weird to feel so healthy and still manage to get cancer again, right?) I also have a dedicated team of professionals who are looking out for me and are, as they say, “all over this.” And, I have an army of amazing people beside me to pray and support.
We got this.
More details to come, but I wanted to let you all know. Thanks in advance for your positive vibes, healing energy, and prayers.
IMDb: The Other Shoe (2003)