I have another blog that I started a while back where I share recipes, talk about health, and exercise etc. I found that could typically can churn out blog posts relatively quickly for it. It is quite ironic that I have a blog about health and here I am on this blog talking about cancer….the opposite of health….
But here I am….the good news is that nothing that I wrote or shared there is negated by cancer or this blog; it actually enhances this blog.
All that to say….I’m finding writing on this blog daunting, because there are so many topics and nuances to discuss and maneuver. So, know that my writing here will not be linear, it will look more like a pattern of a squirrel.
Who Am I?
My first post on this site “What is Cancer” will discuss via ‘Disclaimer’ who I am not. That is quite important.
Soooooo, who am I you ask? I am an average 40+ American woman. I live in Texas, just north of Houston. I have borne no children. I have a wonderful husband and sweet little French bulldog.
I have had poor health symptoms my whole life, as far back as I can remember into childhood. My digestive issues and allergies where bad since I was a toddler. I had terrible hormonal issues as I went into puberty and through my twenties. I drank lots of alcohol; smoked cigarettes for many years; have been under chronic (long-term) high stress for the majority of my life; took antibiotics, birth control, and other prescriptions for years; yo-yo dieted; and had vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Suffered a myriad of terrible symptoms over my life, all of which was my body crying out that something was wrong and needed help. Along the way I’ve been able to learn and make changes to improve my health and the symptoms, but a lot of the healthy habits I’d only be consistent with for a handful of years and then I’d stop. Boy do I wish now that I hadn’t stopped. I also didn’t realize that there were genetic predispositions also playing into it all. I’ve said many times that I’m really good at creating a perfect storm…..and boy did I ever this time. Hindsight is 20/20.
In February of 2019 I found a lump in my right breast. I was formally diagnosed (aka: confirmed cancer) one year ago today (Tuesday, March 19, 2019). There are moments in your life when you realize that nothing will ever be the same again…..and time will be forever divided into two parts, before this moment and after this moment. March 19, 2019 will forever be that moment of before and after for me.
I will be sharing lot of details about my story on future posts, but if you ever have any questions….please ask, I’m happy to share and help any way I can.