Thank you once again to everyone that participated with the Raid for the Cure last year!
The support and concern, and the fun we all had together was wonderful.
I wanted to pass on an update from Julie on how she has been doing since treatment of her cancer began, and how she’s been doing in general.
Julie was awesome enough to write a very nice letter about how things have been going, and I now present it here to you!
I told you I would write a bit on how I am doing, so here you go:
I found out I had breast cancer at the end of October, and it promptly threw my entire life into a tailspin. Plans that had been made had to be changed, and fear of dying sort of took a huge part of my brain and shook it up.
I was pretty forthcoming with sharing the news, I have never been someone who felt it was healthy to keep that sort of thing private, because the best way to get support from your friends is to actually tell them you need them.
After many people found out, I had instant support. In the guild, of course, there was the organizing of the walk, and some members of the guild still go out of their way to inquire after my health.
My coworkers pulled together and took up a collection to help me financially, raising around $950.00.
My family tried to help however they could. My 17-year-old son began carrying a pink ribbon in his wallet. I have never felt more loved and supported as I have since this began.
Physically, there are ups and downs. I have had 4 out of 6 chemo treatments, and every day is sort of like a gamble, will I feel good, or feel like crap? There are more bad than good days, but one thing that I have found, thanks to my friends and family, is laughter truly is the best medicine. I do my best to laugh as much as possible, and it really does make me feel better.
The chemo is effective, it is doing its job, and so follow up surgery should be the end of the road, come March. I will have to follow up every six months to test if it returns, but I choose to maintain the attitude that this is going to be over soon. We will face the rest if it ever becomes an issue.
A follow up with how I am doing would not be complete without mentioning my amazing fiance Michael. We have signed a lease on an apartment together, moved my furniture to Texas, and we are close to making the final move together as soon as the surgery is complete. This man has been amazing and by my side completely since the first scary moments, and I have no doubts that he will be by my side no matter what.
If I have a wish for other people who are unfortunate enough to develop cancer, it is that they have the same support from wonderful friends, family and their significant other that I have had. It is not easy, I am not completely finished, but I am doing well, and content. 🙂