I Said Tata to Cancer

Hey y’all! Long time no blog post! I had so many random appointments that I wanted to get through them all before giving my next update.

Last Wednesday was my final chemo. I was so happy to bang that gong. I had been staring at it since my first treatment on April 25th. It felt surreal to be able to finally hit it and say I’m done with chemo.

I also felt a little sad in a weird way. The oncology nurses have been so special to me. It was hard saying bye to them. Good news is I’ll still be in that building every 3 months for check ups, so I’ll just have to pop over and say hi to them! It takes a special person to be an oncology nurse.

The next day I had my first meeting with my radiation oncologist. I loved her! She ran through with me what to expect, and told me I’ll be having 5 weeks of radiation. This won’t begin until November due to me having my implant surgery this month. I’ll need time to heal before they begin radiation. It was a great meeting and I know I’m in good hands with her and her team.

Then came the weekend. I spent a lot of time last weekend trying to focus on being happy. I saw this quote on Pinterest and it is exactly the way I was feeling. It’s so easy to get in your head and worry about the next thing. Sometimes you need to just chill out and breathe.

Thankfully we had my uncle’s surprise 70th birthday party. Family is everything. I had such a great time with them. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my weekend than with my sweet family. It was good for my soul.

Monday I went for my pre op appointment with my plastic surgeon. On September 28th I will be switching these tissue expanders over to implants. Yay!!! Also my awesome doctor is going to be doing lipo to transfer fat from my stomach to my breast to make them look more natural with the implants. Free lipo! Momma needs it. Chemo has not been kind to my waistline. So I’m super excited for my surgery. And if you are in Nashville and need an awesome plastic surgeon, Dr Unger is your guy.

Now we get to my appointments today. I had a CT scan this morning. Scanxiety set in guys. I had one before chemo and it was clear, but it’s still nerve wracking. My “what ifs” set in. “What if they missed something the first time?” “What if something grew over these last 4 months?” I mean I’m the queen of what if’s.

After my CT appointment, I met with my oncologist for the results. Thank you Jesus, they were clear! God is good.

After that amazing news was delivered, we began discussing what’s next. For the next 2 years I will be having blood tests and meeting with my oncologist every 3 months. After that I’ll go every 6 months for 3 years. I also will stay on the Lupron shot for 2 years. This will be a shot I get every 3 months to suppress my ovaries (TMI I know). Since my cancer fed on hormones they want to do everything possible to limit my body’s hormones. Thank goodness I froze my eggs back in March. 🙌🏻 I also will begin a drug called Tamoxifen after I finish my radiation.

I’m not going to lie to y’all, I’ve had a lot of anxiety thinking about my chance of reoccurrence. I was stage 3a and was node positive. Right now I am clear of cancer, but I know it could come back one day. I just pray that it is gone for good and I’m putting my anxiety and fears in God’s hands.

That’s it for the the update. Information overload right? I want to thank everyone who has said prayers for me. They have worked you guys! My heart is happy. This weekend I am celebrating “no more chemo” with my friends. A few of them who have gone through chemo for breast cancer themselves will be there. I can’t wait to be surrounded by people I love who have gotten me through this dark time.

Now for the questions answered part…

I asked on instagram if anyone had questions for me. Here is what I got…

Read any good books lately?

Oh yes! I’m currently reading “The Ex” by Alafair Burke I’m loving it so far. I still say if you haven’t read “Behind Closed Doors” by B. A. Paris, you are missing out. The best book I’ve read all year. And I’ve read a lot of books this year!

You’re always so brave, when was the last time you were scared in this process?

Today. I was scared today. I was scared yesterday. I may look and seem brave but every single day I have a moment that I get a little scared or nervous. And that is ok. As long as I don’t dwell on it, and let that moment pass, then it’s ok.

What are your favorite fall things to do?

Omg. I love all things fall. Basic white girl in the houseeee 🙌🏻. My favorite is fall candles. Oh and football. And pumpkins. And pumpkin spice lattes. And… ok everything fall. I love everything fall.

What are your side effects from taxol? Is it true that it is easier than AC?

Everyone is different, but I can say for me, Taxol was a breeze. I had zero side effects with Taxol. I did ice my hands and feet which I believe saved me from neuropathy which is the most major side effect of Taxol.

Will you wear a short hair do once it grows out?

At some point yes. I have my wig attached now but it’s not attached in the back. This has allowed me to see my hair growth and y’all… it’s growing!!! I think I’ll have a pixie hair do by Thanksgiving.

Favorite shoes or store?

Vince Camuto hands down has the best shoes.

Ok that is it. The other questions had to do with things I’ve already mentioned in this post above.

Always feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

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!

6 thoughts on “I Said Tata to Cancer”

  1. Laura. I am amazed at your attitude. Your choice to handle all of this with such a positive attitude is truely inspiring. I also admire your courage in sharing your story. You said (TMI) about something you were telling, I don’t feel that way at all, as a matter of fact, I feel confident that you have helped a lot of women in all stages of their journey, by being brave enough to put your personal experiences out there. Many women feel that it is so personal, so devastating, that they just can’t share details like you have done. I admire you beyond words, and I’m sure if anyone is going through or will gone through anything similar, that they could come to you for advice and support. God bless you with many, many years of good health and many grands for Mom and Dad.
    I can’t imagine what they have been going through 😢
    Much love and many prayers, Sandra Bracy

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  2. Thanks for sharing. It has been inspirational and I will continue to pray for you. Enjoy this small break and rejuvenate. Please keep us updated.

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