In August 2011, I wasn't sure where or how to begin to write about the journey that was beginning in my life. So, a friend suggested I create a blog. I began by writing that last July I found a swollen lymph node on my neck, around my collarbone. I consulted the Internet and decided to have a doctor look at it.
As a cancer survivor, I am at the same time a bit obsessed when I find abnormal things on my body, as well as very aware that some doctors may think I'm a crazy person for thinking everything is cancer.
Turns out, it was.
Throughout the months ahead, I would spend countless hours on planes flying to M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, in local doctor's offices and labs, and receiving chemo treatments for what would be diagnosed as a recurrence of cervical cancer that, this time, showed up in my neck. This blog has been therapy for me, allowing me to share my story with whomever wanted to read it and see how I've processed all this, have navigated this emotional roller-coaster, and how with the love of family and friends, the final outcome is looking more and more promising by the day.
I welcome you to read along. If you are a cancer patient, or know or love someone who's fighting the disease today, know that you and they are not alone. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.