First, I want to say I am sorry for taking so long to let you all know what has been going on with me. I didn’t expect that I would be away so long. Partly, that was me overestimating my own ability to keep up with the things I love to do while dealing with the health issues I am having. I really thought I could just scale back a bit and no one would even know I was sick.
So, to let you all know, late last March I found a lump, which, after scans and a biopsy, was discovered to be breast cancer. I got the diagnosis in June and had a lumpectomy in July. During surgery it was discovered that the cancer was also present in two lymph nodes, so that means I needed chemotherapy. I started 5 months of chemo in late August and should finish up in January. After a few weeks off, I’ll have radiation therapy, probably starting about the beginning of February.
That was the bad news. The good news is, despite being in my lymph nodes, it was caught early and considered early stage. I am expected to make a great recovery and have very good odds for a long healthy life. I just have to get through the yucky stuff first.
I am very lucky to have amazing support from my husband, daughter, mom and sister. They’ve been with me through everything. Gina and the team have been endlessly supportive. When I think of what so many people with this kind of disease have to deal with, I can’t help but count my blessings to have such an amazing support system and dream job to come back to.
I miss making cards and drawing so much and I really miss chatting at parties. I promise to be back to posting when I can.
Thanks so much for the concern, well wished and beautiful cards!
Hi Theresa! You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. It sounds like with some time you will be back good as new!
Hey there sweet lady! Just want to send you lots of positive thoughts & prayers, Love and (((Hugs)))…. <3 Just take care and we will be hanging out here till you get back!!!!! :) <3
Have really missed you and thought it had to be something serious for you to be absent. So glad that they caught it in time and they give you such a good prognosis. So sorry you have to go through the "Yucky" stuff. Will keep you in my prayers. Have a Merry Christmas!
Theresa, wishing you a very speedy recovery! You will be in my thoughts every day. No need to rush back, we will be here when you are ready. Big hugs!!!
Oh Theresa, I’m sorry for what you’re going through. I felt there was something serious going on when you hadn’t posted anything for so long, then when no one seemed to be answering the “where’s Theresa” questions, well that was definitely cause for concern. But I understand the team protecting your privacy. Having a positive outlook and a strong support system is an important part of the recovery process. We miss you and look forward to your wonderful cards and tutorials, but take all the time you need. You’re in my thoughts and prayers and I know in the thoughts and prayers of the entire STV family.
Theresa, I've been where you are and, honey, it will get better. The family/friends support is MOST helpful throughout the whole treatment scenario, etc. Just so happy that you are recovering well. The best is yet to come!
Theresa, Wishing you sunshine and butterflies. Positive thoughts are coming your way.
Hugsssss my friend! You are such a strong soul! I hope the yucky stuff isnt too yucky...dang ole' cancer...can someone find the cure please??!! :D