Chemo to Curls

My pen ferociously hit my journal on June 16, 2009. At nearly 43 years old, I got the “you-have-breast-cancer” look from a radiologist. By mid-August, I was diagnosed with Stage IIa Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, estrogen and progesterone receptive, HER2 negative. Thankfully, these were my breast surgeon’s words immediately following the diagnosis: “It’s treatable; it’s curable.”

The smallish mass in my left breast had a little satellite floating nearby and the cancer had gone to one lymph node. With medical information changing daily, I was failing miserably at keeping family and friends updated via email, so I started putting “updates” on a private website created through www.lotsahelpinghands.com (LHH).

Within a week of diagnosis, my husband Bill and I made the decision that cancer would have some moments but not all of our moments. That’s the way the year unfolded through biopsies, three surgeries, chemo, radiation, business trips, and preschool.

Posting on LHH gave me power in controlling the spin of my life. I didn’t want family and friends imagining the worst. I preferred that they heard from me upfront because I wasn’t green and I wasn’t dying.

STAYING STRONG  is an unedited journal from the year that I went through treatment for breast cancer.

HAIR CHRONICLES  is a work in progress… stay tuned.

AVON WALK highlights my training and preparation for walking in the Boston Avon Walk 2012.

May Chemo to Curls make at least one bald woman smile.

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dog sitter October 17, 2014 at 12:09 am

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Kesha of We Got Kidz January 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

Your blog is beautiful Linda! Inspirational and motivational. Not to mention the fact that your photography is amazing. Stay strong, and keep doing what you do :)
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Linda January 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Kesha!

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