This post had me pondering two headline alternatives to try to encapsulate my message. You see what I chose, but the close runner up was, “End construction zone; resume safe speed.”
What a summer this has been and what a journey life has shown me this last year.
In my last post here, I recounted my special birthday in May. Then June 13, I began my reconstructive surgery. All went well without any issues. I had to limit my exercise to walking for the first three weeks. Since then, I have returned to the surgeon on a couple occasions for followup and some swelling. All is going as planned. I am back now to playing golf, running, cycling and all the other activities I enjoy.
By the way, I am no longer wearing Betty, my wig. My hair is grayish, short and a bit curly. Some new growth is still in the process of filling in, but all and all, it is at a great stage. Not having to worry about blow drying my hair has really spoiled me!
A few weeks ago my sister asked me to accompany her to the British Open. Deb offered to use her travel rewards points to pay for first class tickets and our hotel room. How sweet and thoughtful to offer this awesome trip to me. Well, of course I said yes. We stayed in London and traveled by train to the Open for a one-day visit. The entire trip was wonderful and to be able to share this experience with my sister was very special. (See photos.)
I am finally able to devote my full attention to my new start at Bridgeworth Financial, having recently celebrated my one-year anniversary there. I had just moved to my new career home at Bridgeworth in May 2013 when on June 13 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone was very supportive and I will always be grateful they stood alongside me on this journey. Work is going very well and I couldn’t be happier about my decision to join the Bridgeworth team.
So, more than a year later, here we are. I would say, all is almost back to normal in every sector of my life. I will continue to receive infusions thru October, to ensure success against my particular type of breast cancer.
Sometimes, I still cannot believe the experience and that this scenario really happened.
This Soulchanger.com blog has been an outlet that served several purposes – chief among them, efficiency in communicating highlights of my journey during periods when energy was scarce. In coming days, you can expect to see posts much less frequently here on the site, but hopefully, more individual interaction from me. As I continue to work my way back to normal, I would be happy to hear from you and catch up on things happening in your life.
But before I ramp down things here, I would like to thank Belynda again for all her incredible support! Also, my family as they all have been very special to me, and of course my friends who were there also with a text, visit or phone call. I especially would like to thank Vickey Williams, who has taken my words and photos for each post and constructed them into a fluent story via this blog.
If there is anyone you know who is struggling with breast cancer, please give them my name if they would like to talk. It is a scary finding and would be happy to help if I can. Lastly, please encourage a newly diagnosed woman to seek out a second opinion. I know in my case, I just wanted to have the surgery as quickly as possible. I was fortunate that a friend strongly encouraged me to seek a second opinion at UAB.
I’ll close out with a collage of London photos, highlighted by my selfie with golfer Sergio Garcia. Just more evidence that I’m a lucky girl.