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One Year Later

Posted on March 10, 2009

Pink RibbonMarch 10, 2008 is a day I will never ever forget. It is the day that I was told that I had cancer. I was shocked and my life was forever changed by the news. I remember having to go outside and just walk. I just couldn’t get my head around the fact that I had breast cancer. My first thoughts were wondering if I was going to die. Then how was I going to deal with this? What was going to happen now? When you are first diagnosed with cancer, I think the fear is the worst. With me, I just didn’t know what it really meant. I felt okay but I knew that there was a terrible time bomb inside me and it was ticking away.

I quickly learned as much as I could about breast cancer. I read everything I could and talked with several different doctors so I could understand the ramifications of my diagnoses. For me, knowledge was power. Power to know what to expect and to prepare myself and my family for what I’ve have dubbed My Pink Journey.

At this one year mark, I am happy to report that I am doing well. Yes I still have some issues I’m dealing with such as my very short hair that doesn’t seem to want to grow. The unpleasant side effects of Tamoxifen, tight muscles under my arm from radiation and a bit of lymphedema on my side where I had lymph nodes removed. But really I’m faring quite well considering all that I have been through.

Thanks to my faith, family, and friends I have been able to survive this cancer battle. The battle is never really over once you have cancer. You learn this pretty early on. You must be vigilant and keep close tabs on the big C. It’s quite wily and you must forever guard against its return. This is an important message for everyone to have those cancer screenings done as early detection such as I had can make all the difference in ones survival rate.

So thank you again to everyone for your love, prayers, and support during this last year. I don’t know if I could have made it without all of you. Remember enjoy life and be thankful for each and every beautiful day of it!

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12 Responses to “One Year Later”

  1. Lynne
    Mar 10, 2009

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already! It seems to have gone so quickly though no doubt for you it has been the longest year of your life.

    PTL for His kindness towards us and His answers to prayer. May you continue in good health and flourish under His protection.

    Lynne’s last blog post..can you help me?


  2. drenka
    Mar 10, 2009

    One year?!?!?!OMG! I have no words for your pain..
    But still, you thought me many things this past year..Even in bad times you were good..we should all learn form you.I wish you good health!


  3. Nicole
    Mar 10, 2009

    Happy Cancerversary. Every year we’re still here is a good year. 🙂

    Nicole’s last blog post..Everybody’s got something to hide, except me and my monkey.


  4. Kelley Regan
    Mar 10, 2009

    Wishing you many, many happy and healthy years to come.

    Kelley Regan’s last blog post..Another Snowy Day . . .


  5. Ditto Nicole and Kelly. I’m glad you’re still here and hope you have many more years to craft!

    Amy @ Experience Imagination’s last blog post..WFMW: Cinderella’s Closet


  6. Mary
    Mar 11, 2009

    So glad to hear that you are doing well. God Is In Control!


  7. Condo Blues
    Mar 11, 2009

    A year? Wow. What a long strange trip it’s been.

    I’d take advange of your short hair and get a crazy wig. Some style that you’ve always wanted but couldn’t grow/take care of. For me, it would be super long hair or maybe a crazy color like purple. A local newscaster had a bright pink wig she wore at home and to breast cancer events when she was on her pink journey. She had a regular wig for work though.

    Condo Blues’s last blog post..An Easier Way to Clean with Vinegar


  8. beachcomber
    Mar 12, 2009

    Congratulations! Wishing you many more cancer free years. Thank you for your website and all your inspiring patterns.


  9. Queen of Dreamsz
    Mar 20, 2009

    I came across your site I believe it was right at the time you were told of your breast cancer. I blogged about your crocheted clothes pin holder and asked for prayers for you to get through the travel you were to have just to get to the treatment center. I am so happy to read of your journey and that you are making it down the path. Prayer is powerful. :0)

    Hugs to you, Stephanie
    Queen of Dreamsz

    Queen of Dreamsz’s last blog post..The First Spring Pink Saturday for 2009


  10. Diana Fowler
    Mar 25, 2009

    Hi, I must tell you that there is hope for a cure. My sister will be a 2 year survivor in August. I spent ten months going to her doctors visit, staying in the hospital with her for every procedure, going to chemo, laughing, joking, teasing, pushing, pulling, and crying (in private). She is doing great now and is back to work. People used to ask how we could joke about it. Well, without a cheerful and positive outlook, she would have died and I wasn’t ready for that. We also have a sister who is a ten year survivor. Breast cancer is in my family, the genes are there. So, breast cancer research is very near and dear to my heart. So keep the faith and think positive thoughts. God bless you. Lady Di


  11. Linda
    May 01, 2009

    Hi Cindy,

    I came across your website in my search for crochet patterns. I have two things in common with you. One, I too crochet purses with plarn. I have made so many. I decided to try a hat. It is a sun type hat. Kinda cute, I think. The ladies at the Senior Center where I volunteer, love them. I have sold several of my purses, just by word of mouth and site. It is too expensive to rent a space at a craft fair, etc. I started this hobby while home from work. I too was diagnosed with B/C in November of 2007. Just had my follow up mammogram yesterday. All is well. I like your website/blog. I was glad to find it. Take care


  12. Linda C
    May 07, 2009

    I just found your site because I was looking for ways to use plastic bags. Nice ideas.
    I am also a breast cancer patient. Almost 10 years. It has been up and down, because I have had metastases and re-occurences of the cancer and therefore surgeries and treatments. But now things are stable. I am one of those they consider incurable but treatable. I am feeling better. I think that the newest treatments worked much better than the older ones. There is exercise and massage that will help with lymphedema. I had to see a physical therapist to get the info on it.
    As you know each case is different so just keep informed.
    Best wishes for your health.



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