Hi all. This is hard. I’m raising a teenager on my own. 5 days after my 44th birthday, I learned I had breast cancer. It’s early stage, but I need extensive surgery. I have pets to care for who are my therapy, a son who is brilliant and really wants to college, and before surgery I’m losing money fast. I’m going g to lose half my salary at the least. I feel like I’m failing my son. I need to go out already on disability but the financial stress is wearing me. I’m fighting with myself to stay alive and be broke or just give up. My son, my pets. My world!
I had my bilateral mastectomy on Tuesday which went well! Next week I will know if I will need months of chemo. Please keep happy thoughts that I will not! Thank you all again with all my heart, and my son thanks you as well for the overwhelming kindness!!
I got the word today that I will need 4 to 5 months of chemo. not the best news, but it beats cancer coming back.
Update March 1st, 2019
My chemo ended on Dec 20 and I actually begin 5 weeks of daily (Mon to Fri) radiation on Monday. Final reconstructive surgery should be 6 months after the completion of my radiation.