Hello Ladies, Gentlemen and Brett,
I’ve created this page for numerous reasons. The main one being that there are so many people I love in my life, who are all around the world; I am having a difficult time keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. Also, maybe sharing what’s happening to me might help someone else that finds themselves in this ridiculous situation that is comparable to the shock of being slapped in the face with a freshly caught Sea Bass. Another reason is that I am about to have a hell of a lot of free time and apart from watch funny youtube videos of people stacking it and attempt to learn the piano properly, what else am I going to do?
At this moment in time, it is 19 days after I originally found out that I had breast cancer. In these last (nearly) 3 weeks I have been consoled by numerous doctors and medical professionals, been comforted by some beautiful nurses and have spent some time in hospital undergoing surgery. Surgery included a bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction and lymph node axillary clearance of my right side (for battlers, that means I had my fun bags removed and replaced with fakies and also had all the lymph nodes removed from under my arm).
My biggest anxiety in this whole thing has been about letting the people I love know about what’s going on. There have been some mixed reactions, most containing shock and disbelief. It’s been so interesting to see how diversely everyone reacts to such news. Some of my thoughts about how to approach this have been:
– What if I tell nobody about what’s going on, say I’m going on a sabbatical from work and go into hibernation?
– What if I just tell everyone I’m pursuing my life long goal of becoming a stripper by getting a boob job?
– What if I just tell everyone the truth? What if I tell everyone I know and love about what is happening to my body and my life and take them on the journey with me? It’d make it heaps less lonely; I never have been one to keep secrets or hide away. In turn, people might be able to share their stories with me, which could make things easier.
So please follow my story. It’s still so fresh, raw and real, but I am so glad you are reading it. I will post as often as I can about updates to do with my health and my life. Please share this with my family and giant extended family, share it with people you think will care; it’s been so difficult to contact everyone. I can’t promise it’s going to be exciting or fun, but it is definitely going to be interesting and if I continue to learn at the rate I have in the last 19 days, I am going to come out of this thing on par with Einstein.