Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's My Cancerversary

Today, one year ago, my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and was sure that I was dying.

Since then, I have received my miracle from the Lord and am now completely cancer-free. I was blessed with an amazing medical team who pulled out all of the stops and provided me with the best care possible. My friends, both near and far, are the greatest I could ever ask for and my family has supported and loved me more than I deserved.

I don't think about breast cancer every day anymore. I don't panic that the aches I do have are a recurrence waiting to happen. I live my life and I thank God every single day that I wake up; it's how I should have been living all along.

I'm almost at the end of my cancer journey. I will have my final Herceptin infusion on August 20th and my last Breast Reconstruction surgery on August 30th. I am looking forward to less appointments and finally getting my chemo port removed.

Here are some pics of us since I've last posted. This is at one of my July infusions, in serious need of a haircut.
I was texted this picture from the Relay for Life in Watertown, SD. My brother and his family walked for me. It's so weird to see your name on a bag. It's just one of those crazy times that you think, Wow, my name is on a fucking cancer bag...this sucks. A second later, you realize that you're damn happy that the bag says "in honor of" instead of "in memory of."
This was probably the highlight of my summer. Eric and I chose to be baptized along with 900 other people from our church in Lake Johanna. It was amazing and we came out of the water completely different people.
These are my new magic glasses. My job allows me to work from home and requires a lot of time on the phone and computer. I bought these glasses so my kids would be able to tell when mom was just surfing the web or actually working. I tell them that when Mom's magic glasses are on, my ears don't hear anyone who is not on the phone. So far, it has been working. :)
This is my lovely family.
My new ring. Eric and the kids gave me a Cancerversary ring. It's pink and sparkly and I love it!
Life has been great. Summer is coming to an end and Karsyn starts school Monday. I have been richly blessed. I think I should eat cake.






21 comments:

  1. Congrats on the journey! Stay well and stay happy - you rock!!

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  2. Angela, so great to see you have come so far!
    I have followed your journey from Sydney, Australia & am thrilled for you that you have been blessed with such a great outcome!
    Love catching up with you, please keep in touch, would love to hear how Karsyn enjoys school.
    Much love....
    Lisa

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    1. I love seeing the Australia map in my visit tracker. :) I will definitely keep in touch. Stay well!

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  3. What an amazing year you have been through. 'Amazing' meaning being able to fight and live your life to the fullest. You have learned so much and grown through the journey. And you know what, so have others! Prayers have been answered and your 'ARE' a walking miracle!!! It only gets better from here Ang! You are loved by so many people. Remember going to Vegas one year ago this weekend? Let's do it again!

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  4. Aw... I love the ring and miss you tons. Xoxo

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  5. I like to think that everyone has people in their life that they feel honored and priviledged to have the pleasure of knowing or meeting. People that have truly made an impact on them, someone unforgettable. You are one of those people for me...just thought you should know that ;) <3

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  6. Just 1 year ago all of our lives changed.Dad,I have cancer you told me,but it will be allright.I could not accept this nor ignore it.My daughter has Cancer and there is Nothing I can do about it.No amount of money or the best medical personnel in the world can fix this.I felt powerless but knew now is the time for all the support we can give you as a family.The big guy Did smile on you and made your jouney easier.You are still not through with your fight,but I now know that you can and have the courage to beat this.Eric,Karsyn,Chase,and Houston love and need you very much,just like the rest of us!Again,you make me proud to call you My Daughter!!!!!!!!!!!Love,Dad.

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    1. Awwww, thanks, Dad. You are the best.

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  7. Congrats! May you have many many more!

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  8. Yay Angela! It has been a wild year for you and your family, but because of your story, there are so many people out there more aware of what this journey is really like, to stay on top of those self checks, live each day to the fullest and it really can happen to anyone. I think you are an amazing woman and feel blessed to be able to call you a friend.

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  9. So happy for all of you, it's amazing what can happen in just one year! Thank you so much for bringing us all on your journey! Good luck to you in the days ahead for your upcoming surgery. Can't wait for the next update and see how you are doing :)

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  10. So good to hear from you and so thankful to find you on this end of your journey. I think about you often and hope that you are well. Sounds like you are -- go, live life!

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    1. Thanks for your support! I fully intend to live life to its fullest.

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  11. Hi Angela,

    All the way from Phnom penh cambodia.
    IM so happy that you bit the cancer and recovering well. Im happy that the whole family is happy and all smiling.
    My sister is still fighting hers currently hse stop the chemo as she have now her liver swollen and would need to take medicine for 5 years until the liver is healed then she continue her chemo. I pray for her everyday and even show her your blog.
    Keep smiling and be healthy always.


    God Bless !

    Elma

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    1. Hi Elma! I think of you and your sister often. I'm sorry to hear that she is having liver issues. Hopefully they will resolve themselves soon so she can get back on her chemo treatment. I will pray for her. Warm regards, Angela

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  12. Such a great read! Congrats to you and your family! :-)

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  13. So great to read about good news. Congrats Angela!

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