Journal entry: July 24th, 2011 (part 2)

Friends have been keeping in touch and coming by. I’m grateful for the support. One day, my friend Apryl came by and dropped off water and chicken soup, then my sister-in-law, Janet, picked up Jada from summer camp – then, my neighbor came by and gave us a lasagna dinner – then, my friend Helen picked up Kayla from day care and stayed until Zetti got home from work around 8:30 pm. She helped entertain the girls and got them dinner. I’m lucky to have so many people care and want to help.

Emotionally I’m doing pretty darn good – I’m positive and just taking things one step at a time. I’m actually pretty impressed with myself ­čÖé┬á It’s just weird that I’m working so hard to get through this chemo with the end goal of having my boobs cut off – seems like a strange goal to be working toward, doesn’t it? I know it needs to be done. Apryl told me about┬át-shirt she saw that said “Yes, these are fake – my real ones were trying to kill me” – I thought that was funny. Maybe if I start thinking of my boobs as the enemy, it will be easier to let them go.┬á I never thought I was particularly attached to them until people started talking about cutting them off. Well I’ll do what I have to do.┬á I want o be around to see my children grow up and celebrate 50 years with Zetti.

* I had chemo prior to my mastectomy to shrink the tumors  (also referred to as neoadjuvant chemotherapy)

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