It’s hard to believe I’m coming up on a year of this uncharted journey I’ve been on. I feel like a Tale of Two Cities…“It’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times.” Nothing ever prepares you for the words, “It’s cancer.” Nothing prepares you for the onslaught of doctor appointments, tests, treatments and, ultimately, surgery. At the same time, nothing ever prepares you for the overflowing outpouring of love and support. I have been and am still amazed at the kindnesses shown to me and my family during this difficult time. I am still in awe of my husband, daughters and son-in-law for the care they have given me over this past year. I am grateful to God who has been with me every single step of this journey. It has been humbling to say the least.
Our Breast Vacation
I mentioned in last month’s installment of the great surprise I had from friends that showered me with gift cards and the use of a vacation home in Beaufort, NC, for a Breast Vacation. We headed out late Tuesday afternoon and arrived at our dear friends,’ Julie’s and Butch’s, home late that evening. We took long walks in Beaufort and extremely long walks on the beach. We took a bike tour with Hungry Town Tours and learned more of its rich history and ties to Blackbeard. Our tour on the Waterbug gave us new facts about the area, not to mention some beautiful sights. We revisited Fort Macon and Atlantic Beach. Took a ferry to Shackleford Banks and I was delighted immediately to see the wild mustangs that roam the island as we arrived. We enjoyed some amazing food and attended the Seafood Festival in Morehead City for the first time. I think our favorite thing was getting to climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse at night. “Evenings at the Cape” are offered June through October on select nights near the full moon. You must add this to your bucket list. It was an absolutely breath-taking view. But I warn you, take bug repellant and spray generously! At dusk, the mosquitoes have no mercy and will attack with a vengeance, even through clothes! It was an amazing few days spent in just one of the many amazing areas that make up North Carolina. Many thanks again to our friends that allowed us to have such an amazing time for renewal!
One Amazing Oncologist
I can’t say enough wonderful things about my medical oncologist, Dr. Alexandra Thomas! She has given me hope since Day One of my diagnosis and been a constant source of knowledge and strength throughout this journey. I’m still getting a drug called Herceptin every three weeks and I think I have four more treatments to go. Sadly, as I mentioned before, my dear friend Sandy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Thomas is taking care of her as well, and I’m so grateful. I know she is in amazing hands!
This will be my final installment, as I feel like you are all probably tired of hearing about me and this journey. There really isn’t much left to tell until I do reconstruction. I thank you for your love and support this past year. I hope this has been helpful to others that may have found themselves or know someone on a similar journey.
I remain forever GrateFull and HopeFull!