December 31, 2018

Another year has come and gone. As you go on social media and you see everyone posting their memories of the year. I had a lot of ups and downs this year. Below is a brief recap of my year.

December 29, 2017 I thought would be my last chemo infusion. I was wrong. It wasn’t all bad. I got to see the Patriots play in Gillette in January which is always amazing. February was my bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I was very grateful my mother was able to come down and stay with me during recovery. I had no idea how restricted I would be from that surgery. What surgery showed was my pathology of my left cancer was very aggressive(more on this in a later post) and I required radiation to reduce my risk of return. I would find out on March 16 I still had cancer. March 30 I would begin a new chemo drug.

April and May was filled with radiation and chemo which made everything a struggle. I did have one of my friends fly in for a visit in April which was a much needed distraction. In June, I had an amazing birthday trip with one of my friends to Boston for a Red Sox game.

The next big thing was getting a chemo vacation to prepare me for surgery in November. I had an infusion on October 5 then not again till November 30. I felt almost normal again. November 19, I was back under the knife but this time for my final breast reconstruction. I got the tissue expanders removed and the final implants put in.

This brings us to December and I was told I may have to continue this chemo drug beyond April 2019. I will learn more in the beginning of the year about that. Despite having chemo on Dec 21, I was able to enjoy the holiday with family. Now I find myself furloughed as the government shutdown continues. However, I prefer to focus on the positives. I am in a better place right now than I was last year at this time. I have a lot more hair than I did last year. Its been a rollercoaster year but I’m still here. I have good days and bad days. I try to focus on the good versus the bad. Life is good. I am looking forward to the new year ahead.

Happy New Year my friends!

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