Peggy’s Story

Peggy with grandbabyIn August I became a grandmother for the first time.  The surgeries, the chemo, the hair loss, the fatigue – it is all worth it to be here now and enjoy this new gift God has brought into my life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Breast Cancer “party”

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2008 I had a party – a pity party!  I invited fear, anger, doubt and worry……..then a new guest came to my party – Jesus!  He brought calm, peace, victory, and hope! After going  for my “routine” mammogram (thankfully I went faithfully every year), I received a call from my OBGYN that I needed a second mammogram, the concern began……the 2nd mammogram indicated a need for biopsy.  I met with the breast surgeon and he was very optimistic the turmor was benign and nothing to worry about so I was VERY relieved.  I had my biopsy and three days later received the dreaded call – I had breast cancer.

I HAD BREAST CANCER

Even though this was almost 6 years ago I can still picture where I was, how I reacted, and the next phone calls and panic that set in. 

Three days later on my birthday I met with the surgeon again and we scheduled my lumpectomy.  Due to the holidays I scheduled it for December 28.  Early January I met with the surgeon again to find out that my margins were not clean BUT my sentinel lymph node was clear!  At that point I chose mastectomy with reconstruction.  I had my surgery the end of January and began chemo in February.

“chemo is a trip for sure!!”

peggy hair coming backChemo is a trip for sure!!!  I really struggled with the changes it brought to my appearance – weight gain, hair loss, scar on my ½ boob.  That and the fatigue were the worst!  However, I knew these changes in my appearance were brought on by my “fight” to save my life and they were worth it!  Luckily, before my diagnosis I was in good health – I was not overweight, ate healthy and exercised on a daily basis.  I continued those good habits throughout my treatment and I know this helped me keep my life as normal as possible.

peggy in dressMy best advice to anyone going through this is let others help.  If someone offers to run your errands —  let them!  If someone offers to clean your house – let them!  If someone offers to go to chemo with you – let them!  It does “take a village” when we are going through a valley such as breast cancer!  Several women who had already fought and won the battle encouraged me and inspirited me.  Now I hope to do that for others!

In 2009 my first thought every morning and my last thought every night was about breast cancer.  I promise you your life does return to normal – only a better normal.  You no longer take things for granted – you appreciate the sunshine, the smell of fresh brewed coffee, the hug of your child — cancer takes some things away, but you get back so much more!

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

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