I got married on April 26th, 2008. On June 21st, 2009 I found two lumps in my right breast. Mammogram, sonogram and core-needle biopsy confirmed it: I got my cancer diagnosis on July 10th, 2009. I was 38.
By the time my mastectomy surgery came around, I realized that I had nowhere near the necessary energy to give everyone who asked a complete answer about how I was doing. So I started what I called then a “running memo” on a totally no-frills static page that didn’t link to anything else. I didn’t want to call it a blog, because I’d seen too many stupid blogs.
I wrote each entry as if I were speaking to my friends. Along the way, people started complimenting me on my writing and suggesting that I turn the blog into a book. I laughed the first time someone said that, but after the next, it started me thinking.
What you’re about to read has been edited for formatting, with very few exceptions. It nearly killed me to leave the phrasing and word-choice, etc. the way I had written it. When I write fiction I polish and polish and polish. But to really share my experience, I had to leave it in my words as I said them then.
If my story touches you or moves you in some way, I encourage you to share it. You can read it for free as a PDF (linked below), or you buy it on Amazon or Smashwords as an e-book. If you purchase the book, please also consider donating to The Young Survival Coalition. It’s a very good cause!
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