I’m 1 in 8 …

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!


My pink journey continues next week,

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27 thoughts on “I’m 1 in 8 …

  1. Thank you for sharing. I too was diagnosed in August of 2021 with stage 1 invasive lobular breast cancer. I’m still awaiting surgery as I’ve moved my treatment to VCU. God is so good! It is a literal miracle that I have a diagnosis and it is so early.

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  2. I too have had the shock of being told “you have cancer.” Mine was uterine cancer and as a result we could no longer have children. It was a devastating, life altering diagnosis. Praying 🙏 for you and your journey.

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  3. I was diagnosed in June 2017 with Her 2-Positive Breast Cancer and after Surgery, 6 rounds of Chemo, 1 year of Herceptin Infusions, and 37 days of Radiation I have been Cancer Free thanks to my wonderful Lord and Savior. I now take Arimidex for 10 years. I was diagnosed on our Anniversary June 20th. God filled me with an amazing Peace and walked with me every step through the journey and is still walking with me. Elaine I have been and continue to pray for you through your journey! God is Good and I know He is walking with you through your journey also. I love you, my friend.

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  4. Hey GIrl, -You are going to be fine – God is with you and will never leave you – I know because He is always with me – I was diagnosed in August 2016 – had mastectomy – found place behind my chest wall this past June and now am doing Ibrance to reduce it – never had one pain or trouble – like Sharon said – God filled me with peace and continues to walk with me – GOD is good – praying for you hang in there = love ya

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  5. Praying for you right now. I have another dear friend (Pastor’s wife) that was diagnosed this summer. She has amazed me with her courage and strength. You are so loved Elaine. I hope that you feel the love of our Heavenly Father demonstrated through the encouragement and support of His people.

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      1. Elaine praying for you and trusting God for healing. A dear friend of mine is celebrating her 40th year Of being cancer free this week after breast cancer. So I look forward to God’s plans for you. Hugs

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  6. I am a DCIS survivor and you will be too! I love you and will add you to my prayer list. (Hint: radiation burns and there a lots of creams and salves but wet cold paper towels work best for that heat!)

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  7. I am 1 in 8 coming upon the 7th anniversary of my diagnosis next week. Stage III IDC, triple positive. 20 weeks of chemo, surgeries, five weeks of radiation, and more surgeries, and now just pills and shots. Live aware, not afraid.


  8. Oh my sweet friend! Praying for you and Jim as you go through this journey. A GREAT CD I’ve been listening to everyday is CeCe Winans “ Believe For It”. I encourage you to get it if you do not have it already. (Isaiah 43:2) Love you my sweet friend.❤️🙏🏼❤️

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