All About Connie’s Catastrophic Cancer Journey

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I am standing next to my favorite nurse, Anna, and my oncologist, Dr. Wu who are going to be with me every step of the way during this horrific journey! Thank God for them!

Hey, everyone, I am Connie. I have just started recovering from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Welcome to my website. I want you to learn all about my catastrophic cancer journey. I hope that I am able to help you, in some way, if you are facing triple negative breast cancer. I basically started this blog because I spent almost two years fighting for my life. I was probably sicker than most, and I suffered from almost every single side effect. Needless to say, this was a journey I did not want to take and tried very hard to figure a way out. Unfortunately, once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, there is no way out! You only have two options. #1) Just give up and accept no treatment. Believe me, I actually considered this for several months. I DID NOT WANT TO TAKE THIS JOURNEY! or #2) Fight like hell to do everything you can think of to try and beat this dreadful disease. We all know you do not beat it once it has attacked you. You only survive it. But SURVIVING is your only other option.

So now to me and my journey through triple negative breast cancer.

I am 63 years old, have been recovering from breast cancer for nearly a year, and am finally beginning to feel half human again. I decided to tell my story because I am hoping I can help. If I help only one person, it will be worth it. I have experienced a lot of adversity in my life, but this disease really threw me for a loop. I was probably the sickest I have ever been in my entire life, and it lasted for almost a year. Twice I came very close to losing my battle. But by the grace of God, I did survive. And now, I feel like it is my turn to try and ease the burden of someone else, if that is at all possible. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about Cancer. I am by no means an expert. I can only speak from my own experience. Each and every experience is unique in itself. No two people will probably experience this disease in exactly the same way. But I did learn tricks and other things along the way that helped me survive. Maybe something I learned will help you or someone that you love. Believe me, when you are fighting cancer, even one tiny little thing that can ease your burden can help tremendously. In my case, I had so many things wrong at one time that I was ready to throw in the towel on a daily basis. I hoped, in the beginning, that I would reach the other side, although I was not sure I would get there. Now I am on the other side, and I am so thankful to be here. Life is precious, and it is no more apparent than when you are fighting for your life on a daily basis. In my case, I was not sure how long I could fight or if I could even win. I now feel like I won, but only temporarily. Cancer can rear its ugly head at any time, especially once you have had cancer. The greatest fear that cancer survivors have is that the cancer will return. I live with that everyday, but I have taken steps to help alleviate being paralyzed by the fear. Maybe I can help you, too.

If you ever need help, advice or support in any way while battling cancer, I would be more than happy to connect. Just leave me a message and I will get right back to you.  I may not have all the answers, but maybe I can comfort you in some way. I had a cancer survivor that I connected with while I was going through my journey, and it was nice sometimes just to know someone else had been there and done that! If you want to check out my profile, here is a link.

Contact me any time. Take Care.

Connie

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12 Comments

  1. Wow, I admire you for having the courage and the strength to nor only carry on with your life, but to actually set up a blog, put your own personal story out there, and help other people who are struggling.

    That takes courage and a strength of character, so kudos to you!

    • Thank You so much, Ben! I truly appreciate your comments. It is still difficult as I have very little energy, but I will get back to normal some day, I hope! I found very little help online when I was going through this, so I decided I would do whatever I could. Even if I only help one person, it will be worth it! This journey is horrible to go through, but there are millions going through it. I have wanted to do this for a long time, but didn’t know how. Now, with Wealthy Affiliate, I can make it become a reality! Thanks again!

  2. Your post brought tears in my eyes. Your resilience is so inspirational. If anything, this journey has made you even stronger. I had a close friend that lost her battle with ovarian cancer. I had seen her suffering during her battle with it. I hope you don’t mind, I would like to share this post on my social media. It would certainly help someone out there who is suffering from cancer.

    • Angeline,
      Thank You for your kind words. I truly am sorry for the loss of your friend. I have lost several friends also. It is very difficult to understand why we are all plagued by such a disease and why some of us make it and some of us don’t??
      Feel free to share my post and my website with anyone you wish. I am documenting this journey because I truly want to ease the burden for anyone else that is faced with this horrific disease. My purpose is exactly the same as yours. I am
      stronger in spirit. I still have not regained all of my physical strength, but work on it daily. I am glad I touched you. That is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. I want people to understand, if only by my words, how painful and
      difficult this disease is. Thank You for caring! Take Care.

  3. This is a great and inspiring website with a great story about your experience with breast cancer. I love the information that you are giving. I like that you have blogs, keep them coming. That is a great picture of your family. I would just add a few more photos to your website, but other that that good content!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence! I truly appreciate it! Actually, that is not my family? That is my doctor and his nurse and me! I guess I should clarify that! Thanks! Thanks for reminding me about the photos. I am still looking for some of them but get sidetracked!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I appreciate your story. I hope I never have to go through this with my wife or family members. Keep up the good work.

    • I honestly hope you or anyone you love never has to experience this horrible disease either. It is one of the most difficult experiences I have ever been through. Thank You for commenting and reading my
      experience. I appreciate it! Take Care and Good Luck!

  5. Connie!
    So happy that you made it to the other side mentally because that is huge! Congrats on winning your fight with cancer! Amazing survival story and I’m glad that you shared it! It takes a special person to fight back and share their story with the world. I admire your strength and vision. And even though you might only feel half human at times due to the recovering you are still getting so much accomplished! Kudos to you and I wish you all the luck, success, and health
    ~Mike

    • Thank You so much, Mike! I truly appreciate it! Yes, that is like fighting a war against your body. It is horrible to go through, but what are ya going to do? You either fight or die! I at least have strength to sit in a chair and work on this! As for my mind, I am still having trouble learning as chemo totally destroys your mind during the treatments! I feel I am lucky, though, as I feel like most of it is coming back. Some aren’t so lucky! Thank You for your wishes. Good Luck to you!

  6. Hi Connie, I wanted to comment on your courageous fight against this monster. I really don’t know what you have endured but I do know it is horrible. I admire you for fighting this fight and glad you are winning. I watched my wife battle lung and kidney cancer for a year so I understand the misery you’ve faced and still facing. I lost her in Dec. 2016 so I pray you defeat this and heal completely.

    • I am so sorry that your wife lost her battle. When you have cancer, you really don’t know if you are going to survive or not. Each of us just has to struggle through it and hope for the best. I know it was one of the most difficult struggles I have ever been through. And I have been through many over the years. I have been in remission for about 2 years now, but I am still struggling with trying to recover. My immune system is still terribly compromised, so when I get any bug of any kind it can knock me down for 6 to 8 weeks! That makes it really frustrating! Also, I am sure you know that once one has cancer, you are never really cured. It can come back at any time for any reason. That is what each cancer patient has to live with, and that makes life very fragile indeed. Again, I know you miss your wife terribly after 40+ years of marriage. I will pray for your family’s recovery from your loss. I know you will never get over it, but time does ease the pain. I looked at your page, and it is wonderful that you have started your website in memory of your wife. I have bookmarked it, and I will return at a later date to make a donation. Right now money is extremely tight, but I will not forget about you. Your wife would be very proud of you! Take Care!

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