Sunday, October 20, 2013

going pink

If you have followed along with my story, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.  I have had three surgeries: two unsuccessful lumpectomies this summer and a successful mastectomy this past Thursday.  My pathology report Friday night finally came back cancer-free, my lymph nodes are clear.
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.

11 comments:

Jani said...

As will I, be forever thankful, that my dear friend has kicked this nasty thing. I'm thankful for you Kari, and the years that we've had together and the years and years to come.

Primitive Stars said...

You are a beautiful brave soul Kari, God Bless, Hugs Francine.

Barb said...

My tummy did a little happy dance when I read your post. HURRAY!!!!!!!!

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Did you hear me scream with joy for you!!! I am soo happy for you!!!! now you can rest and heal!!! OLM

Dawn Dutton said...

I'm so very happy to hear this great news. My prayers have been answered! Praise God!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Great news Kari ~ I'm sooooo very happy for you!!!
Prim Blessings
Robin

Christine said...

Here is a huge (((hug))). I have three friends afflicted with BC...well, now four. Much healing energy being sent your way.

Teresa said...

So very glad to hear your wonderful pathology results, Kari! That is fabulous news.

scott7258 said...

This is the best news. I have been thinking & worrying about you even tho we do not know each other. You touched my heart with the care you give the barn cats. You have earned stars in heaven. May God continue to bless you & keep you in his arms for many many years. I love reading your blog - the photos bring me peace in the middle of a huge city! Mary

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I have not been aware of your cancer diagnosis, Kari. I'm so glad about the outcome, and that you are healthy again. Continued blessings!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I am so happy to read this, Kari! SUCH good news!! XO

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