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 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 experience 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 so far, 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 into this darn cancer maze. Maybe we can help each other find our way.