It is October! So I feel like I need to post….
Especially since I have been at Duke three times in the past week and sat for HOURS watching people just like you and me go in and out for cancer treatments.
Especially because early diagnosis is your best defense against this disease.
Especially since I am having another surgery today because of this BRCA mutation (more on that in a sec).
YOU go ahead and schedule your mammogram and/or do your monthly self breast exam! I mean it!! Do it!
Cancer does not discriminate.If you are reading this I am sure you all know that I was diagnosed in July 2011 at age 29. Check out these projections for 2013:
Put it on your to-do list: SCHEDULE MAMMOGRAM. If you are lucky and you hurry, maybe you can fit it in this calendar year and you have already met your deductibles!
As I mentioned above, today I will undergo another surgery and the last part of my treatment, so to speak … one more surgery to ensure that I eliminate every potential risk from my body that I possibly can; one last little bit of myself. I have held on to them for as long as I could…but the ovaries have to go.
I want to say this is a bittersweet time, but I am having a hard time finding the sweetness about it. Yes, I know it is the smartest thing to do for my health, and hopefully a hysterectomy means that I am reducing my cancer risk to a negligible level. Hopefully it will also lift a little burden from my subconscious…my 40%+ ovarian cancer risk has been lingering somewhere in the back of my mind!
But mostly all I can think about is the finality of not having any more babies. I KNOW I already have three of them, by the way. But maybe I wanted more…maybe I could have convinced Brandon somewhere down the line! 😉 At any rate, since that is not going to happen we took the crib down this weekend and took the changing table out of the house. Sad times for this mama! All three kids used both so I am pretty sad to see them go!
Life moves on though, and in my mind, this surgery completes the checklist the doctors gave me over two years ago when this crazy journey began.
My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:45pm. Pray for me!!!