telling everyone

It was difficult telling everyone, so I decided to do a mass email.
This is what I sent out on March 2 & March 4th

it’s with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you this
My journey with PMH takes a turn in the wrong direction.
I was diagnosed this past Monday with invasive ductal sarcoma. Yes breast cancer.
It’s small 7-9mm they don’t detect anything in my lymph nodes, nor can anyone feel the lump to touch. But it’s there.
So I have to go for a lumpectomy, and a sentinal node biopsy. Needless to say, they are hoping that biopsy will show that the cancer isn’t in my lymph nodes, and that I will only need to have radiation after the lumpectomy.
After the lumpectomy, it will take about 2 weeks to get that diagnosis from the pathology, and stage the cancer, and determine what my next steps are,
My surgery is March 14 and my Mom is coming in
My surgeon is Dr. McCready at breast clinic at PMH.
Everyone at the foundation knows, and they have been wonderfully supportive.
I am still very raw in my emotions and really not sure what to think yet, it’s all so surreal. I know I’m in great hands and whatever they caught, they caught early, and now the hope is that its not aggressive.
There is a touch in irony in that I’ve raised a a quarter million $ for this hospital and cause, and helped others raised $1M, and now that is going to save my life!
Anyway my friends, I just wanted to let you know. I will be walking in September, sporting a pink lanyard.
Cancer is messing with the wrong girl!!
I am telling my girls on Monday night, as they have their last gymnastics qualifier for the Provincials on Sunday, and I don’t want to break their concentration
Once they know, then its ok if others know. I’m going to be leaning on everyone to help me through this, and I hope I can include you both in my circle.

March 4
Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” and having to tell your family and children, are probably the hardest things anyone has to go through. I heard those words last week and had to tell my children yesterday. We are still so raw from all of this, and we are trying to deal with all the information. I know I am in the best hands of Dr. McCready and the staff at PMCH. Having fundraised over a $250,000 for this hospital and helping others raise over a 1M$ in the past 10 years through I am confident that I WILL beat this thing. In the words of Dr. Buckman, “Cancer is a Word, not a Sentence” I am and will be a Survivor. Cancer picked the wrong woman, and I will be walking with a pink lanyard in Sept. Thank you everyone at the Foundation!


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