May 23, 2011 – Six months ago, I received a phone call from my surgeon telling me the news that my biopsy showed that I had breast cancer. Crazy how such a short phone call can turn your life upside down. These past six months have really been a challenge for me. A lot of people say that I make it look easy or that I’m handling everything with such grace. The truth is that since November 23 – breast cancer and my fight – are the first thing on my mind when I wake up in the morning and the last thing on my mind when I go to sleep at night. I cannot wait for the day when I just don’t have to think about it.
Aside from the fact that I’ve made it through a grueling six months of being poked and prodded, today also marked another milestone for my family. My brother and his wife are first time parents – as they welcomed their baby girl into the world. Valentina Angelina is a healthy and apparently very vocal newborn. She’s known in the nursery as the “loud one.” Ha, ha – my brother gets his payback. Bri and I are happy to have another niece and my parents are also very excited to be first time grandparents. It will be another 2 1/2 weeks until Bri and I get to meet the lil one, but at least that will allow mom and dad to settle in and get accustomed to their new life and responsibilities.