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Dang it. “WRONG TURN”

This isn’t where I wanted to go… Not where I want to be… But absolutely a blessing to be able to…

Change…. Same…. New…

I am sitting here for the first time in over two years and reflecting on history and future…

You see December 1,2008 I celebrated 6 years… Years since I had the Cancer removed from my body. My battle began before that when I started chemo less than 2 weeks after being diagnosed with stage 3 TNBC. A battle that was long (then) but now thankfully seems like a distant memory. I am patiently waiting out the next 10 months!! Because they say for TNBC 3,5,7 (years) are big… So thankfully I am less than a Year from the BIG 7. WHO WANTS TO PARTY!!!

But wow…the last time a wrote I was fresh off having lost both Michelle and Terri… Little did I know that in February my sweet Lisa would be dx with stage 4 (Recurrence), I would spend continual countless hours in the hospital with Jen and lose her in April, I would go on a bucket list dream trip with Taira, see her in Vegas a month later, plan my trip to TN to spend time with her and lose her before I could get there… See Tammy be dx with stage 4 recurrence… You see the Lord Giveth and he Taketh away… And in the past 2 years more lives have left than I care too acknowledge, more families broken, more hearts hurting… More than I want to remember… And a number of new diagnosis just too round out what’s happening in Cancer Universe…

It all got so hard I finally had to start separating myself from it. Limiting my ‘new Cancer friends’ to those who are connected to me first hand (of which there have been a few) by another directly (a few more). .. Not as much group connection (it gets overwhelming) and more direct connection…

The past 10 days have deeply impacted my soul. You see my friend Kristi (I have known her since Jr. High but our friendship has grown in adulthood) received word she had Breast cancer, in fact they scared her to death initially without even having much information or necessary specific results… Then 2 days later she saw a doctor who set her mind at ease (again without having done much in the way of necessary testing) only to then 4 days ago find out my friend now has more info (not all that is needed) but enough… Stage 2 TNBC… What a rollercoaster for her sweet mind to wrap itself around… 2/11/15 “LARGE… AGGRESSIVE… HIGH GRADE” 2/13/15 “SMALL….STAGE 1…. LUMPECTOMY… RADIATION”… Some more tests and time 2/20/15 “4 CM… ANOTHER NODULE… STAGE 2…. TNBC…. More tests… CHEMO” yep it’s amazing how quickly in the Cancer world the wrong messages can be shared and the known become unknown and known once again..

God put me in the battle I was in so I could walk this with others and hopefully offer love, support and hope… Because only those who have truly been there understand the road to be traveled… So now I am getting my boots on and planning some time to be with Kristi… Just GIRL TIME, GET READY GIME and ultimately GO TIME… I am thankful for Kristis sake that there has been so much more research and more knowledge gained about TNBC (such a difference from when I was dx) so that they are better prepared to battle with her.

Join me in praying for Kristi and so many others… And please be diligent and do not allow a busy schedule/life to get in the way of something as important as mammograms/medical awareness.

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