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Jessie has recently been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  The short story is a lumpectomy was performed to remove a small cancerous mass and the pathology report showed another form of cancer was also present.  She is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) to remove the one breast where the cancer was found.  She will need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments, then they will start the re-construction process.

I have been struggling through a back injury and I take muscle relaxers at night that make me a little drowsy so if  you want more information you can visit Jessie’s Journal by clicking this link or the one in the sidebar.  Jessie lives in Ireland and is part of a non-denominational mission team and therefore will be relying on co-workers and friends for local support since she lives away from family.

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As most of you know, Diane is away visiting her mom.  Usually this would mean a nice little break apart from each other; Diane gets precious, quality time with her mom and I get to batch-it with our boys.  I usually tease her that I do not miss her, even though I do.  I was looking forward to it, I figured if she was not here reminding me what was to come, I could relax, take it a little easy, have a break.  Concentrate on work, get a lot accomplished there.  No such luck.  😦

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I have been busy sorting through all the various links for sites that I have collected and I have added some to the links area in the left column.  I have them separated in several categories.  Articles of Interest are articles from media sites.  Blogs of Interest are sites that deal with breast cancer in general.  Previvors and Survivors are blogs by women or their partners.  Support Organizations are breast cancer organizations that offer education and support.

The link for the article at AOL Health with the title Rene Syler Takes On Breast Cancer is the story that resembles Diane’s situation.  Rene Syler did not have cancer or the BRCA gene mutations, she had Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH).

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When the subject is extremely personal and extracts emotions that have been dealt with over a period of time.  Writing this blog is going to be harder than I thought, but since we have people near and far that are concerned and interested in the outcome, I will persevere.  OK then… back to the details on the included pages.

I showed the blog that I had setup to Diane.  I did not know what her reaction would be, she has always been very guarded about giving out details to others.  She was pleased, she said she had visited another blog dealing with a person at church and she thought it was a good idea.  I think that is why she was OK with it, I’m just happy that she is, I was going to write it anyway.  We would just have kept it private until she was OK with sharing the content with others.

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I decided to start this blog (Journal) for a number of reasons.

  1. It gives family and friends a place to go for updates.
  2. It gives me a place to write down all the crap that is floating around in my head that deals with this situation.  If I write it down then I do not feel the pressure to try to remember everything that I need to retain in the memory banks.  I do not want to forget anything that may be important later on.  It also helps me to concentrate on other important life challenges, such as my job.
  3. It gives others that may find themselves in a similar situation a place to go for info.  We will probably post a message in the Susan G. Komen and other message boards at some point so that anyone that does a search looking for info on the same diagnosis will be able to find the link.
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