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Doing Cancer - In True Jill Fashion

Jill lives in northeastern Minnesota with her husband and two sweet puppies.  She was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer in January 2016 when she was just 39.  She had a bilateral mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, one year of Herceptin infusions and is now taking a hormone blocker for the next five years.  She has embraced her cancer  journey, finding strength in sharing her story and works hard to focus on the positive.

I have always been a healthy person so you can imagine my shock when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39.  Shifting from doctor’s visits every six or so years to appointments, scans and/or blood work every week was quite an adjustment. 

Let’s just say that trying to navigate the “system” was not my strong point.  

Take my first chemo treatment for instance.  Did I know I was getting chemo that day? Nope.  But honestly, who goes in for chemo not knowing that they are going in for chemo?  This girl.  My oncologist asked me why I thought I was there and my response was “I thought you just liked talking to me." Yep...I’m that sarcastic girl.

Then there was port removal day.  As I sat there looking around the doctor’s office I started to notice things.  A big light, a tray of surgical tools and a table with a gown nicely folded on it.  How did I not know I was getting my port removed that day?  Who knows...but in my defense, I was told I was having a surgical consultation to discuss port removal.  

I am currently cancer free.  I don’t know for how long but that’s okay.  I will continue to do true Jill fashion.

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