Welcome to my breast cancer journey…
Hello. Thanks for checking out my site.
This blog is here in hopes of helping others. So you or someone you love can have an easier journey through cancer or chronic illness, and everyday health tips as well.
I am a former expanded functions dental assistant of over twenty years. R.D.A., C.D.A., E.F.D.A.; specializing in implant surgery and restorative dentistry. I have served on every board position in my local dental organizations, including President for many years. I was also in charge of OSHA in my practice and hazardous waste management.
Hobbies included playing in competitive volleyball and softball, gardening, rollerblading, fishing, boating, you name it.
I have wonderful daughters that make my life amazing. And I have an amazing partner that joined me during this journey, that has been a god send and the best support person and love of my life.
In 2014, I noticed a “fibrocystic lump” that was hanging around longer than normal. I watched it closely as I always had and figured it would disappear like most of them did. It did not disappear. On the eve of my 40th birthday, after a normal workout, I suddenly had a huge lump protruding from my right breast. Perhaps more than one, I could not tell. With a family history such as mine, I knew this was not a good change. It was painful to touch and even radiated pain from the mass area. It was also hot to the touch. I took a breath, dressed for home, and did a lot of thinking on my way there. Happy Birthday to me! 40 was going to be an exciting year to say the least.
After making some phone calls and getting in to see my OBGYN for a breast exam, I was fast tracked to be seen as soon as possible. What happens next is so fast, so surreal, and so scary that it leaves you wondering if it is all really happening. Ultrasounds, Mammograms, MRI’s, needle biopsies, lumpectomies, the waiting game, and then the dreaded words ” You have cancer.” Well shit. Didn’t get the luck of the draw on this one. Not only do you have cancer, but it appears you may have a few different types present in both breasts. One being the aggressive HER2+ breast cancer. This would be my primary cancer. Next is figuring out my treatment for this blend of cancer in my body. Initially, I had no intentions of choosing chemotherapy as treatment. Unless it was an aggressive type of cancer. Lucky me. ER/PR-, HER2+ on the right breast and ER/PR+, HER2- on the left breast. Grade 3 and very aggressive. I decided to go with chemotherapy and refused radiation. Being in a medical cannabis state and seeing the miracles this medicine has produced, I immediately started consuming cannabis oil daily to treat my symptoms and hopefully treat the cancer itself. I didn’t expect to have such fantastic results in my treatment in numerous ways.