Hi, my name is Jo Ann. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, barely a month after I turned 66. With God by my side, I decided to go with a double mastectomy. The surgery was done December 2, 2015.
January 27, 2016, I started the chemo. I had to do 6 treatments, one every 3 weeks. Some days were tough toward the last few treatments. I finished and got to ring that bell on May 11, 2016.
Three weeks later, I started daily radiation for 28 treatments. Since we live 100 miles from the clinic, I stayed with my awesome sister and her husband during the week and went home on the weekend to be with my wonderful husband. During this time, I got most of my energy back. I completed radiation July 15, 2016. My sister and brother-in-law took me out that night to celebrate!
I’m still having to do Herceptin every 3 weeks until the end of December. I’m almost there!! In January, I will finish with the reconstruction surgery and have the port removed.
God knows I’m so thankful that he is in my life. Things have changed over this past year, but we are getting back on track. I’ve done the deep housecleaning I said I was going to do when I felt better. Now I need to get back to my quilting!
I’m so grateful for the love and support that I’ve received from my husband, my family and friends.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.