There is no hip, trendy, creative, suave, easy or interesting way to say this:
I was diagnosed, in August, with DCIS, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, Breast Cancer.
Here we are in the “Pink Month”, Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I never dreamed I’d join the throngs of women who have breast cancer! This year, I Do! I stand with family, friends, acquaintances and a statistic force of women who’ve heard the words, “You have cancer!”
The dreaded “C” word attached to my name and medical records was/is shocking and mind numbing. It’s taken me weeks and months to realize that word is in my story/journey/history!
Friday afternoon … my surgeon called. He performed surgery Tuesday. “Hello Mrs. Stone. How are you feeling?” “Well… not too much pain.” “Mrs. Stone, have you looked at your lab results this afternoon?” (They go right on my chart and show up on my App.) I HADN’T!! “There is no easy way to say this… but the tissue we removed had cancer cells in it. I’m so sorry to tell you. I know this was not what you were expecting! It’s not what we expected!”
My brain went fuzzy, couldn’t think… thoughtless and speechless!
In the very kindest way, Dr. Hueman explained the findings and next steps. And he kept saying “Do you have questions?” I didn’t. I couldn’t think of what to ask. I finally said, “I think I need to process this before I can think of questions.” He said, “That’s very understandable. Please feel free to call me. And expect phone calls from these people to set up appointments…..”
I have to say here, we’ve had Kaiser Permanente insurance since January. It’s been quite a wonderful system of health care. My Dr. inputs appointments I need and the appointment departments call me to set up everything!! I do not need to think or keep track of this and that or find someone who takes my insurance, etc! I do, however, get to read reviews on my Drs and I can request a Dr if I choose.
Also, let me say, if this had happened one year ago, my insurance situation would have been dreadfully different!! I cannot thank God enough for supplying our insurance for this exact time in my journey! My treatment would have been light years different! This has been at the forefront of my “thankful list”!
So, this month, I am going to chronicle my journey with you! It’s certainly not a blog topic that was on my “idea list”. I landed right in the middle of this “pink ribbon/save the ta-tas” world and maybe I can help someone else who is here or will be one day.
1 in 8 women will get diagnosed with breast cancer.
I personally know at least 4 who’ve been diagnosed this summer… going through treatment right now! It seemed like a recurrent theme among my friends and then… I joined the list!
My first thought when thoughts came back to me was … “Why Me?” It didn’t take long for me to decide my mantra would be…
Why NOT Me!?!
1 in 8 of us will join the group. Why not me? What makes me think I should be in the 7 out of 8 group? I’m going to be in one or the other and guess what? It’s not my choice. I don’t get to choose. It’s beyond my control. I can have strong disdain, but I don’t get to choose.
Just like that… one phone call, one lab report, one cell, one word thrust me into a new realm, a new reality.
I stand as 1, but I am definitely NOT alone!
Throngs of women stand in my group!
Comment and tell me if you stand with me!
💖NEXT WEEK ANNOUNCING… a special GIVEAWAY!!💖
My pink journey continues next week,
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