About

My life theme for March 2007 was “Holy crap!” – I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the tender age of 39 (yes, it’s the one circumstance in which I get told “You’re so young!”) and had a mastectomy 16 days after diagnosis. My first blog, Imagine Bright Futures, was about my niece’s adventures with a rare liver disease, and the theme holds true for my own adventures in medical land, so I have christened this blog Imagine Bright Futures II.

For those in the know, my cancer was: IDC, 1.9 cm, + extensive & multifocal DCIS, stage 2, grade 1, 1+ node out of 16 nodes taken, ER+/PR+, Her2neu –

Timeline:

  • March 1, 2007: my niece tells me she’s “sorry for the cancer” (note that this is before I knew I had cancer)
  • March 3, 2007: I get a call back for a 2nd mammogram
  • March 9, 2007: biopsy – ouch!
  • March 13, 2007: cancer diagnosis
  • March 13 – March 25: a lot of tests: C/T, PET, MRI, 3 more biopsies 😦
  • March 29, 2007: mastectomy
  • April 19, 2007: port placement surgery
  • May 3, 2007: chemo – A/C
  • June 28, 2007: chemo – taxol
  • August 9, 2007: all done with chemo!
  • Sept 21, 2007: port out
  • Oct 7, 2007: I start taking tamoxifen
  • Oct 9, 2007: radiation starts
  • Oct 14- 16, 2007: harmony hill retreat
  • Nov. 6, 2007: I stop taking tamoxifen (too much for me with rads side effects)
  • Nov 19, 2007: all done with rads!
  • early-mid Dec, 2007: start tamoxifen again
  • Dec 2007: mom diagnosed with uterine cancer (8 yrs after her stage 0 cancer; she’s fine now)
  • 2008: stop tamoxifen again
  • summer 2008: casting for recovery retreat
  • Sept 2008: start zoladex + femara
  • 2008 – 2009: various cancer scares, all’s well that ends well
  • early 2009: aunt (26-yr survivor) diagnosed w/ 4th primary breast cancer (she’s fine now too)
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7 responses to “About

  1. Amanda,

    Hang in there, keep smiling, and know that you are loved!

    Best wishes for bright futures!

  2. tonsofsons

    My grandmother was dx with breast cancer over 25+ years ago. She, also, had a mascetomy. She’s still meaner than a snake~ LOL! Hang in there! God has a special plan for you. I will be praying for you!

  3. Amanda, I found your blog through Undone, and I was just frozen in in my chair, reading about the events you’ve been through recently….damn! You’re one amazing woman!

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about mammography in our age group, too.

    I’m so glad I stopped by! Hope you’re feeling better every day, now that the chemo’s done.

    🙂

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  5. Hey there –
    just found your blog. am loving it. glad to meet a fellow “survivor” (well, you know what i mean)! i look forward to reading more.

  6. katbur

    Hi,

    I just found your blog and think it’s great. Diagnosed at 38 it’s nice to talk to another youngster. I’ll be keeping an eye on this blog for a while 🙂

    Kate
    http://www.aftercancernowwhat.wordpress.com

  7. Jody Goard

    Dear Amanda,

    As I was cleaning out some old paper bins today, I ran across a print out of your original blog that I found on October 8,2007. My baby had just been diagnosed with biliary atresia and reading your blog gave me hope. I will never forget the devastation I felt when I was told my own daughter would need a vital organ transplant in order to live. Amazing how fast our worlds are turned up side down. I am happy to report that my daughter, Kenya, is a happy, bubbly 4 year old (almost 5). She has struggles and our “normal” is not quite like everyone else’s, but she’s here and she’s happy and that’s all that matters to this mommy. Thank you. Thank you for giving mom’s like me hope through your words. I am forever grateful.

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