One Year

365 days ago I heard the news I had cancer.

A LOT has happened in 365 days.

Over 200 of them were spent actively treating this disease.  I have had things done to me I never thought would happen (outside of chemo and radiation).

My whole world turned upside down and inside out for an entire year.

I discovered what wonderful people exist in the world — in particular my world.

I learned two important things —

Everyone is going through something

Someone has it worse than you

I know that without so many people caring, praying and helping out, I wouldn’t be here today.  There aren’t enough words in the world to say thank you to EVERYONE who is part of my life –my family’s life — during this time.

Thank you to Hubby Sammy and my two wonderful girls Kate and Ally for helping me keep it all together.  No little girls should know so much about chemo cycles, maintenance medications, surgical drains and radiation appointment protocol.

Let’s update my situation.

I finished radiation at the end of June.  I spent a month or so in physical therapy working on my arm motion post surgeries.

The first two weeks of August brought a welcome vacation to Disney.  We had some relaxing days, a cruise on the Disney Dream and a week in the parks.

We came home and school is starting – Ally in full-day kindergarten and Kate starting 4th.  Both girls are doing well and enjoying their classes.

I am currently on some maintenance drugs and have some check up appointments at the end of the month.  I will be seeing radiation oncologist and oncologist and pulmonologist.

jenn summer dress

My hair is still short and curly.  This is a shot on vacation.  The hair is just short and curly.  I totally feel like Screech from Saved by the bell.

screech

Everyone I say this to says “No you don’t look like him.”  But yes, I do!!  Halloween costume right here folks!!!

Anyway – I have felt like I’m in a strange limbo place.  I mean – I have been actively treating this thing for so long and I’m kind of lost because I don’t know what happens now.  I am sure I’ll figure it all out at my check ups but from the end of PT up to now I feel a little lost.

I will be scheduling my ovary removal for later this year.  That should be the last major item on my prevention schedule.

In October – I will participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on the team of a dear friend of mine Karen.  If you are interested in joining my team or donating to the American Cancer Society, you can go to this site:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=55794&pg=personal&px=34733969

I will have more information about it.  It’s important.  If there are ways to help make sure others don’t have to go through this, let’s do it!!!

Now that my cancer-ful life seems to be cancer-less….I will be posting only when stuff happens – which is a GOOD thing!!!

I’m back to coaching at Phenom Gymnastics.  My endurance is realllllllllly low so it’s been a rough adjustment, but I’m glad to be back.  I’m also pursuing my career as a travel advisor specializing in Disney vacations.  If you’re thinking of going to Disney, or know someone who is, please think of me!  My services are FREE!!

Have a great September!

 

2 thoughts on “One Year

  1. Jen we are so happy to hear about the one year mark and to see how far you’ve come. You have been in our family’s thoughts and prayers this entire year and we have followed along your journey with you through this blog. We will continue to pray for good news as well as some sense of direction over the next few months. It is hard when life starts to transition OUT of cancer! So weird, but true. Hard for others to comprehend. Often hard for US to comprehend. I can honestly say, such as we go through with Sadie, the further out you get, the more grateful you become that the “cancer life” seems like another place and time altogether. With that being said, we celebrate this journey of you kicking butt. 🙂 All our love, the Shafer family (from Arena Gymnastics).

  2. This is a great place to be-cancerLESS. It’s been a long journey & you were brave & positive every step of the way. I’m so proud of you!

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