Monday, March 26, 2012

Once again, from the other side

DawnCraig  0637

It's been almost 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis 
and everything seemed to be working out just fine.  

That is, until about a month ago...

when mom was diagnosed.

She found a lump in her breast and went to get it checked out.
I didn't even worry.  
After my diagnosis I had done the genetic testing and the tests came up negative.
There are two markers that they know of linking genetic breast cancer and I came up negative for both.

Last summer, in August, on two consecutive days, my cousin (on my mom's side) and my aunt (on my dad's side) were both diagnosed with breast cancer.  
They've both been through various surgeries and treatments and are doing well.
It seemed crazy but then again... it seems that people are getting diagnosed right and left these days.

So when my mom said she was going in for a mammogram, and an ultrasound, and a biopsy I didn't worry much about it.  I thought about the what if's but I didn't really take them seriously.

When I had cancer the experience was oddly positive.  I know it sounds crazy but I didn't spend time stressing about the what ifs and I didn't cry over the why's.

The moment I found out mom had cancer I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach.
I obsessed over it all day.  I thought about it constantly.  I'm still thinking about it.
It's so much worse being on this side of things.

I'm not really worried, I know she'll be fine... although between you and me (and all of the internet) she is such a horrible patient.  She's cranky when she can't do things and she doesn't follow the rules.  Getting her to relax and recover should be interesting. 

She's doing fine now, there have been amazing leaps in technology and knowledge in the five years since I went through this process.  I'm beginning to think it's quite unfair and I'll share more info about all that later.

When asked how she's handling all of this she'd tell you that "Anything Dawn can do I can do better!"
We shall see mom, we shall see.

Mom goes in for a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node removal Wednesday morning.
Keep your fingers crossed and say some prayers for a good pathology report and a fast recovery!


  1. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry to hear about your mom! Sending lots of positive energy to you and your family. She is so incredibly lucky to have you by her side.

  2. BTW, who's the guy checking out her rear in the picture above!?

    1. OMG you just made me laugh so hard!

    2. i was just gonna ask too! his expression made me stop tearing up! prayers for your mom =)

  3. Oh wow Dawn!! Good thoughts and fast healing to your mom; I know she'll be peachy in no time but still... startling, and scary. Good thoughts to you too, and giant amorphous hugs from halfway across the country. xoxo

  4. Oh Dawn that is rubbish, horrible news. I'm praying. Xxx

  5. Oh girl. I'm so sorry. I can only imagine how much harder that news is since you've had it yourself. I will definitely lift up your sweet momma in prayer.

  6. Thinking of you. Prayers for your Mom and you. I wasn't expecting to find this news on here today, so I feel like the air was just sucked out of the room. You two aren't alone. Blog world is on your side!

  7. This ave me "goodie bumps!". May allbe well . . .

  8. Sending good vibes your way! God took good care of you and he will do the same for your Mother.

  9. Oh my sweetie, prayers are being said and good feelings sent your way....



  10. She is so beautiful! Praying for her!

  11. Still in shock reading this. I am keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs to you.

  12. Sending you, your mom & your whole family prayers and positive thoughts.

  13. Oh D, I'm so so sorry to hear that. It has to be so much harder from the other side. She raised you, so I know she's a fighter and can beat this. Sending you nothing but positive thoughts.

  14. That's such a great picture of your mom! And I know she'll be fine, she is way to spunky and such a great's your dad doing?

  15. Dawn, so glad all is well now. I guess I missed your earlier post.

  16. Keeping your mom in my prayers that all will continue to go well! What a beautiful picture of her.

  17. Your mom is beautiful, and I will be praying for her quick recovery. By the way, I just read through all your diagnosis story, and I'm just sitting here with tears running down my face. I know she'll be fine, and you will be too!


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