The Next Step in Healing, Radiation

Hi all. Yesterday I met with my newest doctor, my Radiologist Oncologist Dr. Huddleston. I really like him and can’t believe that I’m finally at this point, radiation. Here’s a quick recap of my journey:

1.     I had my yearly mammogram April 23, 2014. They found a mass and took a biopsy of it.

2.     I received a phone call on April 24, 2015 informing me it was cancer, 5 days before closing on our home in Tennessee and moving to Alabama, where we knew no one.

3.     We moved to Mobile, which was not where we wanted to be, into temporary corporate housing, which turned out to be a huge blessing! There we found an amazing group of doctors and nurses that I will be forever grateful for.

4.    I had my port implanted May 24, 2015.

5.    Started my Chemotherapy healing treatments June 5, 2015.

6.    July 2, 2015 we moved into our beach house. 

7.    Completed Chemo Sept. 16, 2015.

8.    I had a partial mastectomy and port removal Oct. 14, 2015. Cancer is gone!  

9.    Met with Radiation Oncologist Nov. 4, 2015. 

Now I’m on the home stretch. Radiation will start either next week or the week following that. I will have 34 treatments and my goal is to complete it all by the end of the year. I am so excited to have this part of my healing begin! Following all of that I will be put on Tamoxifen, an estrogen blocker, for five years. This is needed due to the fact my BC was estrogen related and is used as sort of an insurance policy. 

Over all I feel amazing! The only side effect that lingers on are my hot flashes (chemo can push women into menopause). I have tons of energy, my body is healing perfectly (you can’t even tell I had surgery), my hair is growing back, my real nails look better than ever and life is just good! I am so fortunate to feel as good as I do considering all that my body has endured. I actually feel healthir than before all of this began (and I considered myself to be pretty healthy back then). My mind has gotten so much stronger and healthier as well and I am so grateful for it all.

 Yes, I really didi this! I was having a hot flash and got all tangled up while removing my jacket. Thank you chemo!

Yes, I really didi this! I was having a hot flash and got all tangled up while removing my jacket. Thank you chemo!

I eat right, lots of vegetables, lean meats, energy rich carbs, keep my gut healthy, exercise daily, meditate, spend time each day being thankful and of course get lots of support and encouragement from friends and family. Life is really good!

Along with all of my daily regiments I also incorporated Plexus into my life. Back when I first found out about my breast cancer I was on a rampage to find out why I got cancer in the first place and what I could do to help get rid of it and prevent it from ever returning. After extensive research, I compiled a long list of scientifically studied herbs, vitamins and minerals that I had to have. I was talking to my sister-in-law about the list and she told me about some Plexus products that had all of the ingredients I was looking for. She also wanted me to hear some women share their breast cancer stories and how these products helped them. I did and I was impressed so I decided to check it all out. After researching the products themselves I came to the conclusion that they were worth trying and now, since they have made such a difference in my life, I feel compelled to share it with you all.

Plexus has many quality products, but those I chose to take, and still do are the Plexus Slim (the pink drink), the Accelerator, the BioCleanse, the ProBio, the XFactor multivitamin, the Fast Relief Nerve Support and occasionally the Ease. I will go into more detail about all of these amazing products in future posts. BTW, all of these products were approved by all of my doctors.

I have mentioned before that my mission was to make a difference with this whole cancer thing. Sharing all that I have learned throughout this whole process is part of that mission. My hope is to help others walk through their journeys feeling as good as I do.

I will keep you posted regarding radiation. And once again, I thank all of you amazing people so very much for all of your positive thoughts and prayers.

Love you all!

~Tash

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