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Welcome to Nancy’s Point

Welcome to my first blog post! I am eager to write about my breast cancer experience. In fact as a writer, I am compelled to write about it. I tell myself every day it is the reason I developed breast cancer – so that my writing about it could be some kind of benefit to others. Otherwise, what is the point of it all? My experience as a first-hand observer of my mother’s breast cancer and now facing it myself, gives me a unique perspective, one I never wanted or thought I would have.

I should probably briefly summarize my recent diagnosis. The details will come later. My lump was found accidentally on April 19, 2010 when I went to the ER of my local hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. I was wrong about that…

A diagnostic mammogram was quickly scheduled, followed by a biopsy, brca test and bilateral mastectomy. Surgery also included the beginning of the reconstruction process (still going on – it really is a process) and most recently I began the most dreaded part of all, chemotherapy (also still going on).

Since the calendar now says September, cancer has already eaten up a good chunk of my family’s life this year. September also shouts “back to school” but this year I will set aside my substitute teacher’s hat and instead concentrate on this blog as well as finishing my memoir titled, Losing My Mother and Then My Breasts.

My goal is to post twice a week. I intend to devote two or three whole days a week just to writing, something that will be both a luxury and a challenge. Other days I will need to take care of the more mundane things like laundry and cleaning and oh yes, chemo and countless more doctor appointments. I admire people who continue to hold down real jobs while undergoing cancer treatment. I honestly don’t know how they do it. When you have cancer, I have discovered you can’t plan too much. Sometimes just going to the grocery store feels like a trip to the moon.

I live on a lake in western Wisconsin. I am married to my now “hero” of a husband David, have three grown children, a golden retriever and an English springer spaniel. Besides spending time with my family, writing and teaching, I also like to read, garden, tinker on the piano, walk my dogs and go to movies.

Again, welcome to my blog. I hope it will be a good resource for others thrust onto this darn cancer path.

 

Me and my dogs - Sophie and Elsie

8 thoughts on “Welcome to Nancy’s Point

  1. Hi Nancy, Julie Halvorson shared your site with me. I am an oncology nurse at New Ulm so have an upfront dealing with cancer and treat many friends as well as relatives (my brother recently completed chemo for colon cancer). It definitely is a life-changing moment when you get the diagnosis and a journey of a super duper rollercoaster ride along the way. Hopefully you will have the love and support of your treatment team and have as much smiles and giggles as possible while sitting in “the chair”!!! Anything I can help with please let me know. You go girl!!! and please say hi to David for me–it’s been a lonnngggg time. Pat

    1. Pat,
      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your supportive comments. As an oncology nurse you certainly have lots of experience with all this stuff. If you feel my blog could be of help to any of your breast cancer patients, please pass the info along as I would really love to open up dialogue with other cancer patients. I hope your brother is doing well. I passed your greeting on to David. He says helllo as well.

  2. Hi Nancy, I think this is an amazing idea and great theraputic way for you to deal with both your ongoing treatment and the sadness and loss. I have not found the time finish my memoir, but LOVE the title of yours.

    I might be ahead of myself here because I haven’t read all your posts, but I am sure we share a lot of similar experiences.

    One of the things I always try and do is something special for myself on the anniversary of my dad’s death. The routine varies, but I always acknowledge how much I miss him and try to nurture myself in some way – with quiet time, a present, a trip, just a beach walk even.

    I read today an article about how there are some studies showing that after someone dies, your risk of being diagnosed increases. I can tell you that a few years after my dad’s death, I was diagnosed the first time and a year after my grandfather’s death, I was diagnosed a second time. I would hate to think that every time someone dies, I get cancer! But I do think we had a really close family and that stress played a role in my own journey.

    I wish you so many things, but mostly an easy course of treatment, time for yourself during this experience and the love of family and friends who know exactly what you need.

    In good health,

    Suzette Lipscomb

    1. Suzette, Thanks for checking out my blog. I really appreciate it. I hope you’ll become a regular visitor. I enjoy reading yours. It seems we have some common experiences. Thanks for the good wishes as well.

  3. Nancy, I’m so glad you found my blog and lead me to yours. I look forward to following your writing. Best of luck in your battle. I’m 1 year and 8 months past diagnosis and with “no evidence of disease.” And yes, my beagle is 5 years out and clearly an inspirational survivor!

    1. Teresa, Thanks for taking time to find my blog. It seems we have some common interests in writing and dogs! I look forward to following your writing as well.

  4. Nancy, I love your blog! I’m so glad you found my rant re: forgiveness and left a post so I could, in turn, find you! You sound like an amazing woman, and I’m so glad we’re becoming friends. I’m going to put you in my blog subscriptions so when you have a new post, I can receive it.
    Thanks!
    🙂 Lisa

    1. Lisa, Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving such a nice comment. It just shows once again how welcoming this community is. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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