I’m 40 yrs old and married to my dream man, we met when we were 16 yrs old and have two children, actually now they’re adults. My son is 21 and my daughter is 19. I think she took the news the hardest. I’ve always been very close to both of my kids but I’ve been sick a lot throughout the years and my daughter always insisted on taking care of me. I have 5 sisters and 3 brothers so when I made the phone calls to tell everyone about my diagnosis it felt like it took forever. (most of them live out-of-state so I had to do it on the phone for them) I had Osteogenic Sarcoma when I was 15 and had my right leg amputated and when the chemo wasn’t working I agreed to be part of a study group and let them give me high doses of newer chemo drugs. As far as I know I’m the only one left alive from that group.
My husband and I started our own business doing vehicle recovery (repo’s) a few years ago because my kids didn’t need me home all the time anymore and we just loved what we were doing. About two years ago we had to shut down our business because I had Bacterial meningitis and was told I was going to die. They were wrong of course, but by the time I started to get better (four months later) it was too late to save the business. My husband went to work for another Towing company and last year he was hit by a car while unloading his truck…two weeks later while still on medical leave he had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in his heart. We were told that he couldn’t have the surgery he needed on his neck until a year after the heart attack, so we’ve been waiting for the year to pass by and now this week we received the Dr’s release for his surgery and we find out I have Breast Cancer. Because I walk on crutches and live in a two-story house we may have to buy a new house that I can get through in my wheelchair, and I’m OK with that because it’s just the two of us now in a huge house and we’ve wanted to down-size for a while now. I think my friends and family are taking this harder than I am, but I also am still in shock.