Sunday, October 8, 2006

Just Happy to be here........Ü

Like I stated in a few earlier posts....I had no problem having a complete radical mastectomy (click link to see exactly what that is ~~>)  Radical Mastectomy  of my left breast due to the cancer. My feelings were that if it's trying to kill me why would I want to save it. Having 3 tumors plus a large mass of small ones forming I had no other choice if I wanted to live.....plain and simple.


Selecting the Tram Flap reconstruction was harder on my body then building up the space behind the muscle in my chest wall to later place a saline implant....but it was the fastest way to get the result and hey I had enough donor tissue (Tummy lol!) to make a new boob and now I have a new boob and no tummy............BONUS! lol lol lol  For an eight hour surgery recovery tough but I was never more than uncomfortable and I was out of the house at the lake just 11 days later.  Ü

And as I also stated in an earlier entry it was the Chemo that I feared the most.....not the surgical knife. So with one dose of Chemo under my belt (2nd one this coming Tuesday) and six more after that I am extremely blessed to say...........PIECE OF CAKE!!!! lol The chemo day itself was no different (except for a few tears) than the days before chemo, even the next two days I felt fine thanks to the strides they have made with dealing with the nausea. I would have to say the 4th and 5th days were probably my roughest but I think that was from the 3rd drug that was supposed to help with the nausea. The 6th and 7th days I slept a lot and after that I have been back to my normal self. I have been feeling awesome ever since and I am THANKFUL!!!!

So here I sit saying that even with cancer come blessings and for me a few perks! lol I will have the body back that I had before children (perky boobs and no tummy!) My hair may come back either thicker of if I am lucky with a few curls to it. I know exactly how much I am loved by people that I love in my life, I will yet again set my own personal standards higher at living even a better life, and I hope that through this blog and the way I am dealing with my own battle with Breast Cancer that the next person who gets that news has a few less fears and see's that not every diagnosis is a death sentence. You battle hard you can win the victory!

I want to thank all those that are walking this weekend for a cure, I am honored that some of you have added my name to your list of who you are walking for, I am humbled for every dollar that has been given this month of October for breast cancer awareness for my sake and so very thankful for all the encouraging comments left for me in this blog and the love you have shown for me and my family.....you, the people reading this blog are the ones that are truly inspirational to me.

Thank You All!

Love,
Kimberleigh

30 comments:

lindaggeorge said...

Don't know what to say. Just keep on being amazing, it's what you do so well and remember we are all here for you.

Linda x.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/lindaggeorge/GeorgeMansions/

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midwestvintage said...

Kimberleigh,  I am so glad the side effects weren't bad.  They have come a long way.   Years ago when I worked oncology that was the worse thing.  Zofran made a huge difference in how people went through their treatment.  We used to just knock them out basically so they wouldn't get sick and they would anyway.  I am happy that is better.

                   Julie

wipforever said...

Kim - I honestly believe that your attitude is going to take you very far in this battle you're facing.  Personally, I think you'd make a great spokeswoman/motivational speaker for those going through what you are.  

Have you named your chemo i.v. pole yet?  I think you should for chits n' giggles since you're going to have this little "hook-up" with it every so often.  Will probably be the only "boyfriend" Jim lets you have!  LOL!

Love and hugs,
Sheila

astaryth said...

You know, it is probably your attitude that makes the Chemo not so bad. If you don't 'expect' to be sick, often you don't get as sick. Positive attitude goes a loooong way, and you have that in SPADES!
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shayshaydc said...

Kim you are an inspiration to us!!!!! You have a great attitude!!!! Love you girl!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

pharmolo said...

Positive attitude is half the battle. You'll get through this

mzgoochi said...

Hey girl, I've seen people warning you about chemo side effects, like chemo brain. but has anyone warned you about the dreaded chemo farts? LMAO!! talk about clearing a room! those suckers will clear a city block!!

thinking of you!

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sdoscher458 said...

Kim I'm still laughing at Lahoma's comment....Dorn should read that one!  I know you are on a journey that most of us have not been on, and I do believe that your story will help someone else some day...keeping you in my prayers...Sandi

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Lovin your attitude Kim, as always =)
My aunts hair came back curly..and it was ohh
so very cute..she would put gel in it and go...I told her
as well as many others told her...her "new" hair was her best
look ever....i think she thought so too =)
Hope you have a wonderful week...and wishing you well tuesday....
Hugss ~Terri~

ajquinn354 said...

Kim, your great attitude is such a plus.  Hair - have had several loved ones who had to go the chemo route.....when their hair regrew was so gorgeous; curls more thickness, may you get the same great hair. Keep up your great spirits, you are a winner all the way around....bless you.....Arlene (AJ)  

sunflowerkat321 said...

Your attitude about this challenge is a help to everyone.  We all have things in our lives that knock us to the ground.  But, when we can see someone facing all that goes along with battling cancer....who can still put a positive spin on the experienc....well, it certainly puts things into perspective.  Your spirit is like a shining light.  You are amazing, girl!!!!

thisismis72 said...

I usually walk this wekend but my kids are sick and I have to stay with them instead, next year.
Missy

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schnozbeary said...

Oh Kim, I'm crying as i type, so forgive......you are such an imspiration, and exactly how I would hope that I would cope in this situation....We just walked in Wilmington, NC......Kim, me amd my daughter are so damn proud of you!!!! Love you for what you give me... Penny

lanurseprn said...

I'm so glad the chemo isn't so bad.  Let's hope and pray it stays that way.
Pam

my78novata said...

IM glad your chemo is not as bad as you dreaded amen

tendernoggle said...

NO....WE HERE IN J-LAND, THANK YOU...YOU ARE TEACHING US EVERYDAY ....
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

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dwhee70041 said...

Kimberleigh,
You are an inspiriation to all of us.  Presonally, I just lost someone I loved very much, my MIL to cancer.  You are a positive example showing me that cancer doesn't have to kill everyone it attacks.  Hang in there.  David

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lazarai said...

Thanks for sharing with us all...your courage and attitude are amazing!!!

Hugs,
Carol

imshadowraven2 said...

Yeah g/f i added your name along with my dad, uncle and my grandpa . I still have to say from my past experiences with cancer i hold my breathe every tiome i open an entry from you. But as you have taught me ...think good thoughts and be a tough ole broad will get us thru.

         Love you ~~~Robin~~~

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rebuketheworld said...

We're just in awe of you woman...how else can I say it..-Raven

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Keeping you in my prayers!!!  You have touched my heart in many ways even long before the battle with the breast cancer!!! Hang in there and take care of yourself...TerryAnn

pprrrr39 said...

Kim

You are one wonderful , positive person. My heart goes out to what you must have gone through....but still you remain so positive.......you truly are amazing

Hugs
Jayne