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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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. heidi permalink
    August 29, 2009 4:27 pm

    hi Jill. I was just wondering how the most recent “blast” of chemo went. Do you get a break next friday?
    I hope so. I so love reading your blogs, you could seriously write a book for people going through the same thing as you.

    How’s Daniel doing? getting excited for high school i bet. I got Emma registered on Wednesday. She got just about all the classes she wanted, but more importantly, with her best friends! I suppose it makes it not so scary when you’ll know some faces.

    I will drive her three days a week on my way to work, then she’ll take the bus two days a week. She does not think this is a good idea, as she’ll have to rise up 40 min earlier!

    I know Hank got together with my Dad on Wednesday for their birthdays. I hope that went well. I plan to see him soon too.

    I hope and pray you are doing okay and not feeling too sick. I’ll write again soon.


    • Jill permalink
      August 31, 2009 9:43 am

      Hi, Heidi. I’m pretty tired — low red blood cell counts. I do get a break this Friday, though, so I hope to get a week where I’m feeling sort-of normal. I’m not sure that will happen, but I can hope!

  2. October 24, 2009 11:27 pm

    Hi Jill!

    I live just a little south of you in Auburn. I came across your blog (not sure which link took me here) about Triple Negative BC. I was diagnosed last year with Triple Negative as well, but at the age of 53.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this journey that-no-one-wants-to-be-on.


    • Jill permalink
      October 25, 2009 8:43 am

      Good to meet you. Wish the circumstances were better!

  3. Babs permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:23 am

    Jill, thanks for being you. With strength, laughter, love, determination (shall I continue?), I will follow your journey.
    You are truely loved.

  4. Lori Schmidt Lutze permalink
    February 23, 2010 6:35 pm

    Sending you love. Your attitude is an upper!! xo

  5. Tasha permalink
    February 24, 2010 12:53 am

    I was two years younger then your son when my Mom found out she had breast cancer (the first time – I’m now 26) then when I was in high school (almost hit the 5 year mark) my Mom’s cancer came back. This time it was more aggressive – she did the whole deal. You’re lucky you have a supportive husband…my parents are divorced and from day one I took on the role of caregiver. I don’t mind, as my Mom has been my caregiver my whole life, and still is 🙂

    my prayers and well wishes are with you!!!

    chin up


    • Jill permalink
      February 24, 2010 9:16 am

      Thank you, Tasha. It’s encouraging to know that your mom is still with us and that you survived the whole business too.

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