We talked about fertility and quality-of-life issues. We also had the before and after conversation. I showed Anderson pictures taken days before I started chemo. I wanted her to see that I wasnt always the kind of woman who wore high-collar shirts and slept away the weekend.
When she asked to see pictures of me during chemo, I reluctantly pulled out the only one I took of myself without a wig. I cringed, but she said, You looked so pretty.
She told me about StupidCancer.org, a site by the Im Too Young For This! Foundation, which offers advocacy tools and coping literature.
We discovered her birthday is two days after mine, and promised we would celebrate together in June. We talked about going to Ireland or New York. Or at least to Key West. I cant imagine a more simpatico travel companion.
Part 1: At age 33, Im dealing with breast cancer
Part 2: Cancer treatment complicates dreams of pregnancy
Part 3: Hanging in when chemotherapy gets rough
Part 4: Tough surgery choices: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy
Part 5: Silicone implans are not the only way to go in breast reconstruction
Part 6: Rebuilding the breast from body tissue
Part 7: Body fat can be used to build breast
Part 8: Facing my fears after mastectomy
Part 9: Taking control of the fear that comes with breast cancer
Part 10: Doctor knows about being a breast cancer survivor
Part 11: Radiation therapy gives her hope
Part 12: Finding strength from others
Part 13: Facebook, medication help breast cancer patient deal with depression
Part 14: A new outlook on 2012
Part 15: Breast cancer patient faces genetic mystery
Part 16: Using diversion to cope with harsh reality
Part 17: After radiation therapy ends
Part 18: Friends breast cancer journey is not as fortunate
Part 19: Anti-tumor meds come with scary story
Part 20: Reentry into the world after breast cancer treatment
Part 21: Too much fear, too little trust
Part 22: Chemo brain complicates return to work
Part 23: The Cancerous tumor is gone, not the fear
Part 24: Drawing strength from a singers defiant spirit
Part 25: A breast cancer message at Ultra Music Festival
Part 26: High hope for new drug
Part 27: Religion is an unavoidable topic
From the Editor: Journalist confronts cancer, takes readers along