Friday, August 25, 2006

Life is interesting - isn't it???

As many of you know, I have been spending a lot of time with my best friend who recently found out that she is terminally ill with Leukemia. What you didn’t know, is that at the beginning of July, I found a lump in my right breast and have been going through various tests over the past month and a bit, assuming it was nothing. Unfortunately, yesterday I found out that I have Breast Cancer and at this point, they have classified it as Level 2 out of 3, so moderately aggressive. What that means is that I am on an emergency list for surgery and this will likely happen in the next 3 weeks. Following this, I will have to undergo some intensive radiation for 5 weeks, daily. Then, depending on how far this has spread at the time of surgery, I may also have chemotherapy treatments as well.

Right after I found out this news, I went next door to the Tom Baker Cancer Center and visited my friend Tricia. She had some great news for me – she is in remission with her Leukemia. This is truly a miracle! Although she is still battling a few other potentially life threatening complications, things are definitely looking up and her lifeline has completely changed – but perhaps so has mine.

Ryan and I have a bunch of literature to continue to read through and some decisions to make by next Wednesday of which type of surgery that is best for me to undergo. Then we really are playing it by ear and it all depends on what they find during the surgery as to what my next treatment will be.