Things have been slowing down around this blog, and with good reason.
I debated for awhile on whether or not I wanted to share the news that has turned my life, and my family’s completely upside down. I didn’t know if I wanted this space to reflect the truth and the challenge that I have set before me. This blog has always been fun, light-hearted, and a space to follow our ever evolving adventure in life. In that, this space has always been honest. Some of you wonderful people have been reading since Avalon was just a few months old. You have followed us from state to state. And I have been fortunate enough to turn these blog comments into friendships.
Even still…I didn’t know if I wanted to share this. Maybe it would make it that much more real.
But it is real.
I was recently diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer.
The main reason I wanted to write this post was because statistically there is less than a 1% chance of a 30 year old with no family history, getting breast cancer. But, here I am.
I wanted to write this post because I found my own lump.
I wanted to write this post to do away with the idea that breast cancer is only something you should start thinking about when you get your first mammogram.
I wanted to write this post to tell you to KNOW YOUR BOOBS! Check them, touch them, look at them all the time! And if you question something don’t think “oh, it’s nothing…..it will go away”. It could, or it could not.
As for this blog, I don’t know yet. I have loved this space for so long, and I definitely don’t want it to turn into some doom and gloom, because that is not how I feel about this whole situation. I have a long road of treatment ahead, but I am damn confident I am going to kick the living fuck out of this disease.
I have undergone one round of chemo, and that little drug cocktail is no joke. Currently, we are all adjusting to life with mom and her new full time job, fighting cancer.
But please, I did not write this post for sympathy or pity at all. I wrote this more with hope that you stop what you are doing and feel your breasts right now. If you have never given yourself a breast exam it is so quick and easy and could potentially save your life! I know it saved mine! Click here for a step by step guide.