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Chemo........The Other Scary "C" Word

After my double mastectomy, I had various tests run to determine my treatment plan. In August of 2018, I learned that my Oncotype score came back at 53. A score above 30 usually requires chemo. This was devastating and scary news. My oncologist said I had a 70% chance of recurrence in 10 years if I didn't do chemo and take tamoxifen. We could reduce the recurrence % to less than 10-15% with chemo and tamoxifen. Those statistics made the decision about my treatment plan an easy one and I soon began the second phase of my cancer fight.

I endured 16 rounds of chemo, lost every hair on my body, almost lost all of my fingernails, and had to delay my final surgery to finish my reconstruction until after I finished chemo. Chemo was rough, but I made it through with the steadfast support of my husband, family, and friends. I had friends I hadn't seen in years come to sit with me through my treatments. Thank you Kristi & Kellee! These were some of my toughest days. Looking back, I'm not sure how I did it and kept working full-time. I took it one day at a time, one treatment at a time and by the grace of God, I made it through.

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