On Friday night August 8, 2014 I attended a Phillies vs. Mets game in Philly sponsored by Belkin for CDW. It was such a great night with a fun group as most sales events are. I didn’t realize at the time that it would be my last night without thinking about my Cancer. The next morning, I was lying in bed and I noticed something different, I had a lump on my left breast that wasn't there before. I thought it was probably nothing because I was healthy and felt great but decided to get it checked out. I thought there was no way it could be Cancer. It was probably just fatty tissue or something. I had just had a mammogram in June that came back clear! This was less than 2 months later. I called my Doctor that Monday and she met with me that Tuesday. At that appointment she gave me instructions to get an ultrasound. I went and had the ultra sound done the following day, Wednesday. As I lay in the dark with the ultrasound technician, she called someone else in to continue the ultrasound. They weren’t speaking to me at all but the looks on their faces weren’t good. At this point, I still did not think I had Cancer. I mean how could I have cancer? Finally, after the two ladies were done with the ultrasound they turned on the light and said you are showing signs of Cancer. Hearing the news, I was so shocked as no one in my family has had breast cancer.
I had lost two of the most important men in my life to Cancer; my Dad in January 2005 and my husband in May 2011. I was a 40 year old widow who has suffered enough; don’t I get some sort of pass? There is no way I have Cancer, at least that is what I kept telling myself. I moved to Chicago to get away from the painful memories that awaited me at home every day without my beloved husband. I was so grateful for such a fabulous job opportunity and a fresh start. I have an incredible family, and the best girlfriends. Cancer did not fit into my life plan.
I was diagnosed with aggressive triple negative invasive ductile carcinoma on August 13th. Since the diagnosis, I have been going through multiple doctor visits, MRIs, biopsies, mammograms, cat scans, bone scans, and ultrasounds. I started chemotherapy on October 8th which is called the “red devil”. I go bi-weekly on Wednesdays. I will finish chemo in January and go on to surgery and radiation. Although physically struggling these last few weeks - weight loss, fatigue, nausea, achiness, and hair loss due to the chemotherapy treatments - I continue to maintain an optimistic attitude during this long, arduous road to recovery.
I know there are no guarantees in life but I do know that I will do whatever it takes to be alive. I am filled with gratitude and treat every day like a gift. What keeps me going is imagining the good times I will have in the future with my family and friends.
Hello Team Evey supporters!
In order to help offset the costs of the treatment, quality of life care and medical expenses, we have established this fund for friends and family to help support Evey during this time of need.
We cannot express in words how moved we are by the outpouring of love and support Evey is receiving.
With my deepest gratitude,
Go Team Evey!
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