“you have cancer.” no matter where it is, or how treatable it is, it’s just a scary statement. at the end of 2019 i had my first encounter, a mild one, a ductal carcinoma in situ in my right breast. surgery was required, but no chemo or radiation and i felt lucky. in jan 2021 for my annual MRI, there was a suspicious mass in my left breast. in february i had a biopsy. i had cancer. a 2.5 inch mass of papillary cancer, a very uncommon type of cancer. after much consideration, with my doctors and family, we decided a bilateral mastectomy was the best course of action. i could also have implants done at the same time, so there would be no need for a second surgery, pending all things went well during the mastectomy. on april 7 i had my surgery. it went well. my doctors were wonderful, the hospital staff so nice and caring and of course my husband’s complete and total support along with all the great things my family and friends did to support me was extremely humbling and at times overwhelming of their kindnesses.
what else do you do if you love to draw? just this.
i thank you all with the most humility.