Even though I have not blogged before; have decided that this maybe very good therapy and perhaps motivate and/or bless you all in some way. In Jan. of 2004, was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer; had 31 positive lymph nodes and left breast removed. Then, 6 months of chemo and radiation. I always say "I did not know I was suppposed to die then or I would have". Simply because not unlike, I am sure many of you, The said I had a 20% chance of living for 5 years.
Then, in November of 2005, it spread to my neck. Had surgery and all was well. Certainly, some challenging long-term side affects of all the drugs, however, I was alive. I believed then and still do believe to this day that God kept me alive to mentor others with all forms of cancer. So, besides always keeping up the fight to stay live (dealing with traditional healthcare providers, searching for complementary therapy and struggling to figure out how to obtain the expensive Aromasin $379.00 month oral chemo meds, constantly struggling with day to day bills and expenses), I had time to speak to groups of all sizes about "surviving and faith". I always felt confident that if God and I could do it then "anyone, with God's help, could do it."
In November of last year, we most reluctantly lost our home (husband's retirement was cut by 35%), happily managed to move ourselves to Chandler Arizona where we could walk in the sunshine nearly every single day and spend time with our 19 year old college grandson who lived with us.
I even was able (finally, after many moths of planning) was able to design and prepare for market my very own photo note cards with photos taken and signed my myself. Another blessing.
I was even allowed to bring my photo note cards to the yogo studio in chandler where I was provided with "unending" free yoga lessons. Syd is such a sweet, kind and understanding lady. She even allowed me to "begin" using my Reiki master talents at the studio as well.
Well, then it was time for our very much anticipated and planned for , trip back to Wisconsin. The plan was to purchase a modest camper, thereby enabling us to travel around WI for the summer visiting famiy and friends. We left Arizona around May 25th and my June 1st we had taken me to the emergency room for treatment for we hope was pneumonia. Today, On July 16; I am sitting outside of my beautiful camper (in my sister's back yard) simply loving he sunshine and summer breezes of Wi. The cancer has returned with a vengence. Pleural of lungs, lungs, right breast, ribs, sternum, spine, neck and the list goes on and on. Now, I am thanking God for having kept me alive long enough to mentor many people, tell all those I love how much I love them, to celebrate birthdays, one high school graduation, one black belt in karate, tea parties, write many letters of gratitude and the list goes on and on. God has had and clearly still does have a very heavy and decisive plan for me. Even though I am extremely sad to leave my daughters, spouse, grandkids, mother, siblings, friends and relaltives; I am looking forward to whatever other wonderful opportunities God has in store for me. Only on another level. Thank you for allowing me this time and space. Karen M Nelson, 1509 200th Ave., NewRichmond, WI. 54017i