My lovely friend Haylee ran a race in North Carolina in my honor recently. She is amazing and a wonderful support to me. She sat beside me many nights when I was sick and weary from chemotherapy.
This is Michelle. She has been with me every step of the way. She stayed the night in the hospital with me when I had my mastectomy and sat with me during every chemotherapy session for 5 hours. What a rock star!
Cancer really does blow, but I am so grateful for the friendships that I have gained and those that have been strengthened through this journey.
I received a lovely text from my amazing friend Erin this weekend. She and Angie ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in my honor. Angie had 2 other loved ones she dedicated her time to as well. So special! Here they are with my name on their little papers. It meant so much to me I cried!
I am so grateful for the love and support that has been pouring in. And so grateful for the donations being made to cancer research.
Here I am getting ready to go to a gala for my new job. This was about a week into November 2011. I had no idea the journey I was about to embark on.
My wonderful friend Erin came down to visit me and spend some time. It was wonderful to have her here! We had no idea the news I would hear less then 2 weeks later.
I decided to cut my long hair before chemo so that it would not be as traumatic losing my hair. It was still extremely difficult, but at least I know I will have a cute little pixie option when my hair returns.
The first day of chemotherapy. I had intensive treatments, 4 months, every 2 weeks, for 5 hours each time. I always was trying to keep the smile and imagine the poison they were pumping right into my heart as being what could save me life.
During my final day of chemotherapy. I had made it this far! Next leg of my journey would be radiation treatment.
Here I am with my radiation team on the final day, August 22, 2012. I was with these ladies every day for 7 weeks. They really took good care of me through their leg of my journey.
Still a long road ahead, but I am keeping calm and carrying on. Thank you for all of the love, support, and prayers on my behalf. I could not have made it this far without the support of countless others, or my amazing medical team at Virginia Hospital Center.
This California girl traded the sunshine for NYC, the Ivy League, and a Midtown apartment. I now find myself living in DC and navigating a new life. I write to keep my nearest and dearest up to date. I write to make sense of things. I write in hopes that my honest journey, in some small way, can be helpful to others.