Hello. The latest about me is that in June/July 2009 I was diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV triple negative breast cancer. I was originally diagnosed with Stage IIB in June/July 2004, treated with the full meal deal of cancer treatments (surgery, chemo, radiation) and sent on my merry way. Poof! Five years later it’s baaack it’s baaad and it’s spread to my left lung (1 small lesion), right 8th rib (1 small lesion), and left frontal lobe of the brain (2 lesions) There’s a lot of hope for me still, of course, and you can read more about that in the blog.
I say the “latest” about me because a real life has little to do with a cancer diagnosis, grave though it is. This is trite, but the truth is that I’ve just been given a bit of a warning as to what might kill me. A botched drive to the grocery store today or a slip in the bathtub tomorrow might do me in first. Who knows?
Other than that, the general stats are that I’m 50 years old, married to the wonderful Hank, and mother to 15-year-old Daniel. I live in the Seattle area, having moved here from Phoenix when I was 7 years old. I’m a professional technical writer, sometime freelance writer, and, when I’m not going through chemotherapy, I teach writing and grammar online.
I suppose the bulk of this blog will be about my current adventures going through a new round of chemotherapy, which should last about 9 months. Yikes. 9 months of poison. Can’t wait. A 9-month rant about chemo sounds extremely dull, so I’ll be adding more items of interest as the journey progresses.