Hi! My name is Julie, and I’m currently 54-years-old. I was married for 33 years, and I was divorced in Oct. 2015. I found out a few months later he had been cheating.
A few months after that in April 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 3 IDC. I did 12 Taxols from June 2016 to Sept. 2016, followed by 4 AC–the dreaded red devil. I finished chemo Oct. 16 and had bilateral mastectomy with expanders in Nov. 2016. I did 33 rounds of radiation Jan through March 2017.
I did all of this mostly alone. I have 2 adult kids that abandoned me during all of this. My daughter got married too during all of this and never included me in anything or called or anything. I have a grandson with her too, and I haven’t seen him either.
After my mastectomy, I went for a heart test and found out I now have heart failure from the chemo. So I am taking 3 heart meds to bring my EF back up from 30 to at least 50. I am going today for an ECG to see how my heart is doing! I see my primary surgeon on July 20th to talk exchange surgery, yay! I am so sick of these hard expanders!
I keep a good attitude! This whole situation has humbled me. I do have my sad moments, and I do get lonely, but I just keep looking forward. My whole life was flipped, but I know I’m here for a reason and things will get better hopefully. I think I’m due to win the lottery!
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