All Things Port

Today was the day! The last thing I had to check off my pre chemo list has been done. Port placement.

Doesn’t look too pretty but so far I’m in little pain. The procedure itself was very easy.

I was but in a deep relaxation. Aka I passed out. Well I think I did. The nurse however told my mom that I was extremely talkative. Not embarrassing at all. 🤦🏼‍♀️

When my oncologist gave me the option of having a port I didn’t think twice. It makes things so much easier during chemo.

They can easily access the port and can do multiple things from it. They can draw blood, give chemo, and if I need a CT they can give me the dye in the port.

Because I had so many lymph nodes removed during my mastectomy, I have only been able to use my right arm for blood draws, anesthesia, etc. This will make all of that so much easier.

It doesn’t look pretty right now. But it doesn’t feel too weird yet either. I’ll keep you guys updated.

I have another meeting with my oncologist tomorrow to go over all things chemo so I will be prepared.

Wednesday is my first infusion.

I’m ready.

Thanks for all the messages. I see each and every one of them and they put a smile on my face.

Until next time.

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I was diagnosed with Stage IIIA Grade 2, HR/PR positive HER2 negative breast cancer at age 31. I am now NED!

31 thoughts on “All Things Port”

  1. Ask them for some lidocaine cream to put on 30-60 min prior to getting your port accessed. Good luck with your appointment.


  2. You’ve got this lady!! Stay strong and keep your head up. Chemo probably won’t be a walk in the park, but it might not be nearly as bad as you think either!! And you’ll get to watch so many Lifetime movies during infusion 😉 Good luck and all the positive vibes!


  3. I think what’s so scary is all the unknowns. Now that you have your port, that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about anymore. One more hurdle you’ve jumped!! We don’t know what the future holds, but we sure know who holds our future! Praying for your strength and for your faith to carry you through all this! God is good all the time. You’re brave and amazing! Thanks for allowing us to share in this journey and for allowing us to pray for you!!


  4. You must be the most amazing and brave soul to have such optimism, strength, and unyielding faith throughout all of this. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the education and inspiration! 💗🙌🏼


  5. I’ve been following your story since I saw the post on the Bobby Bones Show facebook page. I was diagnosed last August and I was able to do a lumpectomy, followed by chemo and radiation. I just finished radiation 2 weeks ago. The port is definitely helpful. Lemon drop candies helped me during chemo with dry mouth and popsicles lemon or lime flavored from Outshine. It’s a tough road but you got this!! I’ll be saying prayers and thinking good thoughts for you in the days and months to come.


  6. Well then check that right off, bring on Wednesday! Prayer warriors are constantly going, you have more strength then you know. You got this


  7. Your story is very inspiring. Technology has come a long way in health care and I hope everything goes well for you. I myself am a mammographer and I was wondering if you could tell how you originally found the cancer, did you feel a lump? Thanks for sharing your story.


    1. Hi Amanda! If you go to the first blog post it explains it in detail. Basically I’ve had Fibroadenomas since I was 17 so I went twice a year to be checked. This time they grabbed onto it and did an in office ultrasound. Then had me biopsy it the next day.


  8. You are one more step on the road to treatment and complete recovery and healing! Now, get ready to kick cancer’s ass and keep rocking this life the way you always do! (always praying for you)


  9. Reading your story is crazy, almost word for word with what’s going on with my wife. She to is 31 years old, recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She follows you and reads your story and has been following your journey. She just recently found the courage to open up about her journey and share it! If you have time you should check it out! You are a very strong woman and sound so confident! Prayers will be sent your way, and I that you get the best treatment and beat this challenge in life that God has put in your path! Thank you for sharing your story, because of you my wife has found comfort in talking about her journey and her feelings along the way So THANK YOU!

    “Pinkdiamondsjourney” is her blog if you get the chance to read it.
    Her name is Marisela Ramirez


      1. I do everyday, try to keep her motivated because I know that your attitude and the way you approach an obstacle like this in life is a big factor in situations like this. And Thank you! I will relay the message!
        P.s sorry for the double comment lol last night I didn’t think the first comment went through becase ig would upload on to the page when I refreshed the screen so then I typed a new one lol


  10. Reading this is crazy, Amazing to see you talk about your journey and see how strong you are! I say crazy because it’s almost word for word with what my wife is going through. She to is 31 years old, recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She has followed your journey from the beginning, ever since hearing it on the Bobby Bones Show. Because of you and your bravery and sharing your story she found it in herself to share her story to. You have given her that voice to talk about her journey and be comfortable talking about it! So THANK YOU for that! And if you ever get the time to read it it’s called “Pinkdiamondsjourney” here on this app, her name is Marisela Ramirez.
    Prayers being sent your way for the best treatments and a fast and healthy recovery!


  11. Stay strong pretty girl! My son went thru Chemo/Radiation for brain cancer in 2013 so I’m very familiar with some of the things you’re going thru! You’ve got a wonderfully positive spirit! Positive juju coming your way! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us…


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