Cancer, Research, Decisions, and Attitude
Dear Friends of BlindAlive,
I do not like secrets and I have been quiet about this for longer than is comfortable for me.
As many of you who have heard my first podcast, recorded over a year ago, know, I had breast cancer almost 8 years ago. At that time I chose to have both breast removed with reconstruction. Further treatment was not recommended. Tamoxifen was suggested but for me that felt wrong. I decided to treat myself in the ways that work best for me, and I do not regret that decision in any way.
For the past couple of years I have noticed a spot on my left breast. I have asked my doctors about it but they assured me that it was just scar tissue from the previous surgery. I rejoiced and let it go. But my body talks pretty loudly to me, and this spot began to nag at my brain. I tried to tell myself that I was just being paranoid. I managed to keep my fear under cover until a few weeks ago when I picked up the phone and called my plastic surgeon. He said I could have an ultrasound which turned out to be suspicious-looking. My surgeon, Beth Dupree, in whom I have complete trust, said, “Let’s get it out.” Three weeks ago I had surgery to remove a small tumor. It was malignant.
Now, I am faced with navigating my way through many choices. Over the next few weeks I will be interviewing oncologists and alternative professionals in order to create a plan of action that feels most powerful to me. I am gathering as much information from all angles because I will live better if I create my own treatment plan with the support from a variety of methodologies. Knowledge is power so I am spending my days researching, listening, meditating, and coming to peace.
BlindAlive is my baby and I am proud of what I have created. My plan is to keep it going strong and growing with the help of my team. I may continue to share my journey if it will be helpful, but honestly, I don’t know yet what I will do. I feel better having this out in the open. I ask only one thing; please enjoy your broccoli whether you like it or not. Smile.
Good health to you,