so good friends of mine Lauren Pickett and HaydenSealey have just been hit with the raw end of the stick this year and luck has not been on their side. As I can’t help with what’s going on all I can be there for support. So I’ve come up with this. Me shaving my head in support of Lauren and to raise some money. If you have some time have a little read on what’s been happening in Lauren’s Journey in the last few months.
Also just for a bit of fun, most generous donator gets to cut my hair
We had just been on our central Australia 4wd trip and come home to find and purchase our dream home. Life was great!
Then we found a lump in my breast.... While my gp was sure it would be nothing, he still sent me off to have an ultrasound. The sonographer organised a mamogram for the same day and a biopsy for two days later. I was starting to think maybe it wasn't nothing. The next week, on the 10th of September, I was told i have breast cancer.
The next month was full of trips to warrmabool for appointments, blood tests, scans, tests, a cycle of ivf injections, more days off work for appointments and a trip to Ballarat for egg collection. They collected 13 eggs, 9 made it to form embryos and only 3 survived to be frozen.
On 11 October I had a mastectomy and spent a week in Warrnambool in hospital before being allowed to come home. Another month of the district nurse visiting to check my wound, appointments, trips to warrnambool for check ups and blood tests before my first round of chemo on 14 November. The oncologist gave me a script for an 'injection' that is meant to turn my ovaries off that i need to have before each round of chemo... One of my bosses thinks it looks more like what they microchip horses with than an injection! If this doesn't work, we have 3 frozen embreyos that will be our only chance at having children.
It feels like this has been going on for so long, but the journey has only just begun. After chemo I get a break for a few weeks before 5 weeks of daily radiation. A 2 hour + return trip, every single day, for a 1/2 hour appointment. Hopefully after that we might be able to start looking at reconstruction, but who knows how far away that will be!
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