I am so grateful to be alive from triple negative breast cancer making 11 years TNBC free and making 55 very soon. I am grateful to have also survived 7 years free of Chondrosarcoma (primary bone cancer) in my pelvis as well as being an ovarian previvor for seven years due a familial history of it 🧬. I was the fifth and youngest woman in my family to have gotten breast cancer (pre-menopause) and the first with a double cancer.
I’ve had a double mastectomy (breasts), an oophorectomy (ovaries) and salphingectomy (Fallopian tubes), an internal hemipelvectomy (left pelvis); ACT chemotherapy; breasts, pelvis and hip reconstruction; and many years of rehabilitation to relearn how to walk now with a cane and fancy rollerator. I am grateful to be alive.
Losing all my womanhood parts, I could not have children or adopt with a second cancer. This was the hardest part of it all. I am grateful to be alive.
It’s a lot of loss including the years of my 40s. I have an entirely new, deformed, disabled, and reconstructed body with silicone implants, a cadaver pelvis, and titanium hip ball and femur. I am grateful to be alive.
I consider myself a champion of life, campione de la vida. I consider all of you, us, champions of life. I am grateful to be alive.
I believe in modern medicine.
I believe in integrative medicine with oncology treatment and surgeries.
I believe in the power of the arts to heal.
I believe in the power of faith to let go and not let worry control my life to be grateful.
I am grateful to be alive.
I dedicate my post to my mother who died of breast cancer in 1992 and would have been 87 yrs old this month.