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About Me…. Jean

What is there to say?  I’m an open book.  Sometimes to a fault – just ask my husband.  I’ve lived on this earth for 48 years, been married for 25 years, and have two wonderful, energetic, smartass sons, ages 14 and 10 (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).  My husband and my kids are the center of my universe – just like most married Moms.  I have a circle of friends that is amazing and I am so fortunate to have each of them in my life!

 

For most of us in this life, shit happens.  In December 2013, a mammogram showed I had a large lump in my left breast.  After the initial ultrasound, MRI, genetic testing, and PET scan, I learned I was already Stage IV, with metastasis to my bones, lymph nodes, and am BRCA2 positive (just think of the Angelina Jolie situation).  So, I had an oopherectomy and double mastectomy within months. Well, that sucked!

 

Now I spend every day knowing I’ll be in treatment for the rest of my life.  Now I spend every day thankful for the life I’ve been given.  Now I spend every day focusing on what’s good and funny.  Now I spend every day appreciating my friendships.  And now I spend every day dealing with this stupid little pink monkey on my back.

 

This is my blog about doing that…enjoying life, loving my family, hanging with friends, and dealing with Stage IV cancer.  It won’t all be about cancer, because I’m not all about cancer.  I won’t give this f*^#@ed up disease that much power over me.

 

Just FYI – I’ve got other monkeys on my back too:  I like wine and beer.  I sometimes say really inappropriate things at dinner parties that embarrass everyone around me.  I love good food and don’t exercise enough.  And many more that I might not even be aware of… but oh well!  This is my About Me….

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  1. Hi Jean, my name is Jamie and my story sounds very much like yours. Two years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to my bones. I did not have a mastectomy and basically they told me the “horse was out of the barn” Currently I am taking tamoxifen and I am stable. I was wondering if you could tell me why they chose to do the mastectomy, and what other treatments you might be getting? I am curious to know why the treatment is different?
    If I have overstepped and this is asking too much I totally understand.

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    1. Hi Jaimie:

      Yes, we have very similar sounding stories. For me, I’m BRCA2 positive, so my oncologist recommended the double mastectomy so that I wouldn’t have recurrence in my right breast (my tumors were only in my left breast at the time of diagnosis). I was actually relieved to have the surgery – I think it was somewhat psychological, but I wanted the cancer out (even though it has spread to my bones). I also had my ovaries removed because of my genetic history and the higher incidence of ovarian cancer with BRCA2. I’m currently on a combo of Aromasin and Afinitor and have been for about 15 months. It’s keeping me stable so far!

      I’m sorry you are in this boat and I wish you all the best as you navigate this crazy situation. I’m happy you found my blog and please feel free to reach out to me about anything!

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