Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

IHeart Organizing: IHeart: "Clutter Rehab" and a Giveaway!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An emotional roller coaster

I don't know where to even begin... I feel like I am just wrapping my brain around the last 2 weeks and the scare that came upon us.
So where do I begin.. I guess you have to go back 6 months. At my annual OB appointment I was sent for a mama gram because I mentioned that I had some pain. That lead to " an area of concern" and a trip to a breast surgeon. There we were told that it was cloudy but not to worry.. we would do a recheck in 6 months. I left that day feeling relieved and not concerned about my follow up appointment. Time flew by and life moved on and before I knew it.. it was time to recheck that area.
This time I went for a mammogram and an ultrasound. No waiting I guess.. and I was sure that we would get the same report of check back in 6 months. There was no way I was going to do this every 6 month thing! It costs us $2,000 each check ( between mammogram/ ultrasound and Dr. visit) after insurance (thanks to a high deductible and not being able to afford lager monthly premiums)So that night I told myself we can just go get checked every year and be fine. UNTIL.......
Less then 48 hours later I received 3 phone calls while at work from my Dr.'s office. Then I hear that they found a mass on my left breast and i needed a biopsy Dan to be seen by a surgeon by Friday ( this was Wednesday afternoon) At that moment I think I felt the world spin and I lost my breath. The next 24 hours were filled with phone calls to get me into a surgeon and by the work of God- i had one Friday afternoon. Not only was I told that he is incredible, a coworkers sister is one of his patients and is battling Breast Cancer and he is another co-worker/ friends brother in law. Wow how God works!
Kasey and I went into that appointment with an open mind and confidence that it was nothing... and left being worried and the idea of me possibly having Breast Cancer was now VERY REAL! He said that he was very concerned because of the swelling in my lymph nodes and had me scheduled for a biopsy first thing Monday morning. This could not happen.. I have to teach, I am a Mom.. I don't have time for this is all that I could think.
Monday morning came very quickly and they took 7 biopsy's. I was quit surprised with the sounds the machine made (kind of like a drill with a pop) A core Vacuum Biopsy is what I had. It is NOT a cyst is all the Radiologist told me. Then we were sent home, with a titanium beast cancer ribbon clip in my Brest to wait until the following Monday for my appointment with the Dr. to get the results. Talk about the longest week EVER!!!!!
We didn't tell the kids, but I am sure they felt the stress in the house. i was confident that if it was cancer.. it was found early and I would be fine.. but how on earth would we afford it? How would Kaydon deal and adjust to the curve ball life would throw at us through it. I tried not to worry to much and would go through times of preparing myself to hear the worst. but telling myself that it would come back negative. I would be fine!
Monday came and my husband held my hand and told me that NO MATTER what we WOULD BE FINE!!!! We would come out of this stronger then ever. when Dr. Hernandez said the word Benign I almost cried! I checked the site of the biopsy and smiled as big as Kasey and. He set up an appointment to recheck things in 6 months.
I think the reality of what happened is finally settling in with me. The reality of how different are life would have been if it was cancer has sunk in. I am relived, but surprised that I don't feel completely stress free about it. I don't know if that is because I have to go back in 6 months to check again or what. I am sad and I wasn't expecting that. Not because I am OK ( please don't think that I am so grateful) but all I can think about is the women who have been in that same situation, or will be and get the other answer. That they are now on the battle field with the fight of their life. My heart breaks for them and their families!
God has a plan and I know that I have a lot to learn from my scare.. or " dodging the bullet" as I was told. I am humbled by the people who have prayed for me and my family. The support and love that I felt is cherished and captured my heart. I saw true friends care about me more then I ever imagined! I am so lucky and blessed and still don't feel like I deserve it.
So I leave this today reminded that our days are numbered.. and although we do not know them GOD does. Take advantage of EVERY day you have... you do not know what tomorrow will ring. Love Deeply, laugh with your whole body, dance in the rain, let go of the hurt and regret, forgive and be a light for others to see!