I’m a survivor

Fandango’s word of the day is Survive.

It’s hard to believe it is almost four years ago since we discovered and terminated Humphrey and a year ago since my mastectomy when Dick followed suit.
My best friend died in 2000 following breast cancer surgery in 1998. The last two years of her life were traumatic, and she did not deserve what was thrown at her. Her husband, MOH, said that had they known that the surgery would not prolong her life, they would probably have taken their chances and done all the things they had intended to do.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it was ironic that I had both of my surgeries in October.

I was exceedingly fortunate. We found Humphrey and Dick early and acted quickly.
As I anxiously await a date for my first mammogram since my surgery last year, I am glad to be here. Life is too short, and I have no intention of cashing it in anytime soon.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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38 Responses to I’m a survivor

  1. TheHiddenEdge says:

    So glad you are still here to tell your tale 😊

  2. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    You’re a survivor, I just put it together that my first surgery was October 3rd. Double Mastectomy was in April and my last will October 7th. It is a pretty significant understanding. Blessed you’re here to share! πŸ’œπŸ€πŸ’œ

  3. Astrid says:

    So glad you’re here indeed! I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your best friend. I guess cancer care wasn’t as good as it is now back then, and I don’t just mean actual treatment. I do understand she would’ve loved to have a more meaningful last bit to her life.

  4. Maggie says:

    Thank you for always telling your story. You never know when you will save a life. This month, two very young women in my life were diagnosed with breast cancer. I am thankful you are here to celebrate your recovery.

    • I was extremely lucky as we found it early and got it sorted. My scar is impressive insomuch as it’s as smooth as a baby’s bum and you can’t feel the join. I hope the two young women you mentioned are being treated promptly and doing well. I do not regret having the surgery one iota, and we are glad that it was all done and dusted way before Covid-19 took hold.

      • Maggie says:

        I would have made the same decision as you. One has been in treatment. One is still feeling the shock, just starting consultations.

      • It s a shock to the system Maggie and I feel for her. We were stunned I’d had a recurrence as the meds I was on shouldn’t have allowed it, but Dick was a different form of cancer, so as Id had radiotherapy on that side, the boob had to go. It’s not an issue for me though. My darts game hasn’t improved as everything veers to the left LOL.
        My thoughts are with them and I’m sending both positive vibes and my support. ❀

  5. KC says:

    Thank you for this post and an incentive to reflect upon my own CA history and subsequent dbl mastectomy. It definitely reframed my priorities and now, everyday, I look at life through a different lens. I’ll have to search your posts for more information about your challenges and triumphs! Happy Anniversary!

  6. joyroses13 says:

    Keep shining your light Di!! ❀

  7. Sorry for you losses, and so glad you are a survivor. Its been great meeting and writing with you this last month or so.

  8. Fandango says:

    I’m glad you banished Humphrey and Dick, given what they’d have done to you had you kept them around. I hope you continue to do well.

  9. murisopsis says:

    Early detection has always been the key for survival!! I’m thrilled you are with us and stronger than before. I’ve had 3 biopsies and one lumpectomy – all benign. But I still keep a close watch!

  10. Carol anne says:

    You really are a survivor, I for one am so glad your still here with us! πŸ˜€

  11. willowdot21 says:

    Congratulations, live long and prosper πŸ’œ πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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