I can now focus on recovery.
Through this unexpected journey, I have actually found so many blessings. I have met such brave women who are living through & with breast cancer...so brave. The statistics are significant, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the better. I can say that I listened to my body...although I did not find a lump, I had been experiencing general fatigue and a bloody discharge. The medical team that stepped in after I called the warning signal, were nothing less than stoic & strong. When my doctor finally called with the positive news Friday night, I could hear the relief in his voice too. I am now, officially, a breast cancer survivor.
Our local Eau Claire, Wisconsin, paper came out in pink yesterday as this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I understand my surgery was actually on Breast Cancer Awareness Day. My message on a personal note is the same: Early Detection Matters!
Finally I need to share the true blessings that have filled my life during these past months...it is the generosity and kindness of family & friends. Some that I have known for years, some that I may only have recently met. I have felt such love & care, such love & care.....and that has been the silver lining in all of this.
Going pink ~~~ I will now wear that color with pride. It represents courage. It also represents compassion beyond measure. I will be forever thankful.