Friday, April 13, 2012

Fight like a girl.....

I struggled with the decision to write this post.  A part of me thinks I shouldn't post it....


This is a quilting blog primarily.  But I do share bits and pieces of my regular life and I have been absent and will be absent quite a bit in the coming months or so.


Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.  I have two tumors in my right breast.  The good news is that it hasn't spread to my lymph nodes or to the other breast nor the rest of my body.  But alas it's still cancer and it's still got to be dealt with.  I have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.  I will have both sides removed and rebuilt to a perky new set!! I have promised myself that as much as I can I will look at the positive.  The surgeon has promised that they will be pretty....I guess that's a start, huh?


I have been to more doctors appointments and more specialists in the last two weeks than I have in my entire life.  It has all happened very very quickly and seems that the wheels of an HMO can turn quickly.  I will be having surgery in just under 2 weeks.
Having said that, not much quilting is going on.  I want to quilt I just haven't had much time!  I am getting ready to have surgery, getting my classroom ready, my family ready, myself ready!


I am doing well.  I am handling it as well as can be expected, and I am going to fight like a girl.....

If you are interested (please don't feel like you have to!!) I will be blogging about it on the other blog: http://kennaville.blogspot.com/ 

14 comments:

  1. I am sorry to hear this news! Good luck with the surgery and you will be in my prayers.

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  2. What terrible news to find out. I'll be sending my good vibes and thoughts your way! x

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  3. Prayers and thoughts are with you...

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  4. I am a breast cancer survivor since 1998. I had a modified radial mastectomy with no reconstruction. I considered reconstruction but decided I had enough surgery. In retrospect, I wish I would've had both breasts removed because I ended up looking like a unicorn, have to wear special bras to hold the prosthesis (which are heavy) and have to have mammograms for the other breast. However, I survived and have been cancer free all this time and that's all that matters. You will get through this and heal nicely. A friend of mine had reconstruction and she was glad she did. The quilters will be cheering for you. Go girl!

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  5. Dear sweet Kenna - my blessings and prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Thoughts and prayers are with you sweetheart. Now go kick that cancer right in the *(& and get it outta there.

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  7. best of luck, i'll be thinking of you.

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  8. Wishing you all the best. Make sure you take time to rest and recuperate before doing any type of sewing.

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  9. Prayers and hugs to you! I'll be sending healthy, healing thoughts to you and your family.

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  10. Other women have survived what you are going through. What one woman can do, another woman (you!) can do! Suzanne Marshall, winner of many quilting awards, had breast cancer. She even did a quilt about her experience. The first time she showed it was when she came to lecture and do a trunk show at the small guild I belong to. We were all, to a woman, quite moved that she chose us for it's first viewing. She is such a strong person, I believe you are, too! Good luck!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your real life. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for surgery. You've already survived the hardest part - which is the diagnosis stage with all your doctor's appointments. You can do this!!

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  12. Praying for the best for you. I am a cancer survivor and know the battle ahead. Pace yourself, rest and do things as your body dictates. Your family and friends will be a big help but your attitude is the strongest aid. Love and many prayers for you and your family. Lois

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