It’s Friday, I am four days post surgery and starting to feel human again. About a month ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and am now recovering from major surgery to remove the tumor. What a ride this has been! The surgeon called yesterday with the pathology report and there was no cancer in the lymph nodes and the margins were clean on the tumor, so I have no more surgeries ahead! Now it is time to heal and prepare for radiation. I feel extremely fortunate and grateful that this has gone quickly and smoothly, it’s like God knows how impatient I am or something!
Even though the time has been short, I have had a lot of time to think and feel, and I’d like to share a little of what I am learning.
- We Need Each Other. Those who love you, those who barely know you and those who have worn the same exact shoes you are in. Information is flying at you, a whole new vocabulary is built around you and the ground disappears. But if there are people who check on you and pray for you and support you, some of the information sticks and you get a decent night’s sleep and are able to process and make decisions. I cannot imagine doing this alone.
- We Must Take Care. This can look different for people, but for me it means staying active, paying attention to foods and products I take in and carefully choosing who speaks into my life. I firmly believe that my body has reacted well in part due to personal training that has taught my body to recover quickly when I push it, eating well and having positive people in my tribe.
- We Must Remain Vigilant. I have extensive bloodwork done twice a year and have all scheduled screenings recommended. Period. Some people claim they don’t want to know what is going on inside their bodies and I can’t understand that approach. We need to bravely keep our eyes open and do everything we can to fight for life. I want my grandchildren to remember me, and I don’t plan on going anywhere till I wear this body out completely.
- Finally, No Rain No Flowers. To truly appreciate the beauty of this time and place, you’re going to slosh through some puddles. Pull on your boots and get out there. It’s worth it. You’re worth it.
That’s all I’ve got so far, I’m going to get back to the work of recovery. I am so thankful for those who have checked on us, sent gifts and food and prayed us through this time. It means everything to us both.