Two words you never expect to hear, and definitely not at age 35.
April 21, 2015
It was a Tuesday. The day before, I had my first mammogram, then an ultrasound, then a biopsy of three areas of “concern” in my right breast. As I picked up my cell phone, I knew that what I learned from the other end could potentially change my life forever.
In the moments after I put the phone down, all I could think of was my three precious children and husband.
In those moments, cancer went from a terrible disease that happened to other people, to a world-rocking diagnosis that could possibly leave my children motherless and my husband a single dad of three young children.
Later that week, I would learn that my “Her-2 Positive” type of Breast Cancer was highly aggressive, and had already spread to my lymph nodes.
Over the next year, I would walk through 18 weeks of chemo, and chemo’s horrific side effects. Hair loss. Complete loss of strength. A blood transfusion. 3 surgeries. 34 radiation treatments. Chronic Fatigue. I’ve shed many tears, but more importantly seen God’s abounding grace.
During my cancer journey, I felt so called to share my journey through a blog, “His Grace Abounds”. As my world was crashing down around me after hearing “It’s Cancer”, I had to cling to the truth that “His grace would abound in deepest waters.” In December of 2016 I was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer.
Sample Posts & Timeline from “His Grace Abounds”
Diagnosis & “His Grace Abounds” – April, 2015
Preparing for Treatments – May, 2015
Chemo #2 & Shaving my Head – June, 2015
After Chemo #3 – July, 2015
Chemo #4 & 5 – August, 2015
“No ‘Mo’ Chemo!” – September, 2015
Surgery Recap – October, 2015
Surgery #2– December, 2015
2015 Gratitude– January, 2016
Radiation Update– February, 2016
Gratitude as a Pathway to Joy – March, 2016
The Winter Year – April, 2016
No Evidence of Disease & New Season – July, 2016
A New “Divine Adventure” – (2nd cancer diagnosis) December, 2016