Keeping people "abreast" (ha ha) on my fight against cancer, staying positive and looking for the silver lining along the way...
Monday, October 14, 2013
Emily's Life in Pictures
Here is a slideshow that we have compiled of Emily's travels, friends, and family. Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures to help us create this wonderful way to relive our great memories of Emily.
Hello and welcome to my blog. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 on January 14, 2010. Needless to say, it was a great shock and it has been quite a whirlwind ever since.
From doctor's appointments, test results and treatment decisions, to the emotional ups and downs, the funny things that happen, and the all-important various hairstyles I'll inevitably be sporting, this blog will chronicle it all.
Since my diagnosis, I've tried my best to keep a positive attitude. A common statement I made as I told friends and family my news has been, "At least I will be getting fake boobs and new hair!" This is why I've decided to title my blog The Bright Side, because I hope that it will be a running theme through this experience and that, even during the lows, I will still be able to keep my eye on the big picture and find the silver lining in all of this.
After one of my early doctor's appointments, a close friend asked "So, how many people did you show your boobs to today?" It's true, having breast cancer does mean that a LOT of people see my boobs. It also means that I've had needles in my arms so often that I'm afraid I'm going to start looking like a heroin addict soon. Here's a running total of my boob flashes and needle sticks to date (since, how else would my friend know how many Mardi Gras beads to give me?):
Boob Flashes: 153*
Needle Sticks: 83**
As of June 29, 2011
*Note, the boob flashes tally has become an approximation, since I have no idea how many people I flashed while I was under anasthesia! Also, it is hard to keep track of everyone walking in and out of the radiation room while I was lying there staring at the ceiling...
**After much debate, I've decided that the needle into my port still counts as a needle stick. Although it's not a traditional needle stick, it still involves a needle going through my skin, and therefore, I'm still counting it in this tally!