PANIC

December 8, 2016

Didn’t sleep well.  Questions swirl in my head like winds around the eye of a hurricane.  Would I have to stop hormone replacement therapy and go back to hot flash hell?   Would I need chemo?  Radiation? Lose my hair?  My breasts?  (Why did that scare me less than losing my hair?)  Could I still work out?

Would I be dead by Tuesday?

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT ON FEAR

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.”

DAY 1

 

December 6, 2016.

Routine mammogram.  I really don’t have time for this, but might as well just get it done.

Technician wants more pictures.   No problem.  I’d been that route before.  More pictures and then get the “all clear.” Dense breasts sometimes are hard to read on mammograms…

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WELCOME

Hello and welcome!

It’s said that, in sharing stories, people form a bond of friendship, even though they may be worlds apart.  Going through life’s changes and challenges I’ve found that talking with and reading about others dealing with similar circumstances was greatly encouraging.  Seeing how some people live with greater challenges than I can imagine has been downright humbling.  We can share in each other’s joys and sorrows through simple written words and across great distances when we aren’t fortunate enough to be together.

I hope you’ll find some enjoyment in reading these pages and I apologize for my sometimes sarcastic nature.  While I seriously consider myself more blessed than I deserve to be, when life kicks you, sometimes ya gotta kick back…

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