Many days, tests and doctors later confirmed it... Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2B. It had gone to my lymph nodes and I faced a very long stretch of chemo, radiation and surgery (7 to date, but who's counting?). To make it more complicated, I had a less common type of cancer - triple negative. I went through every bit of treatment including extra chemo to participate in a drug trial. But just 7 months after I was done and my hair was coming back, the cancer came back. I'm a single mom and telling my three children was one of the most difficult moments in my life.
As I write, I can tell you I don't think about the odds they gave me. I guess because I just don't believe them. But I wanted to do something to push the research along because, even though we hear they've made great strides in the battle against breast cancer - there's still a long way to go. So I started creating my acorns in pink - with pink ribbon - and I'm donating a 10% of the sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I'm 2 years into the countdown of 5 years hoping to remain cancer free. And I'm holding my breath.