Sunday, September 12, 2010

My journey begins...

I have such an amazing support system with my friends and family and I don't know what I would do without all of you. Each and every one of you is truly a blessing in my life and I appreciate you to the fullest extent! Now, with that being said, I know that everyone is going to have questions and want to know what's going on through each and every stage and I don't want anyone to feel left out or to not be in the know. This is why I've created my blog. It will act as my journal through this journey and it will be a way for everyone to stay up to date without me having to repeat the same information several times or worse, for something to be lost in translation going "down the pipeline".

Most importantly, I don't want anyone to feel like they can't ask me questions or that they have to pretend like this isn't happening. I assure you, it is on my mind pretty much 24/7 regardless of if you bring it up or not, so please don't feel like you can't talk to me about it. On the flip side, this also doesn't mean that this is the only thing we can talk about. I am still the same 'ole me and I still have lots of goofy, quarky stories that have nothing to do with cancer. I've got a 1-year old who does something note-worthy pretty much daily and a husband who keeps me on my toes! This may be a new part of my life, but it has not become my life. If nothing else, I want each and every person who reads my blog to use my experience to realize how precious life is and just how much we need to appreciate each and every minute of it! I am taking a very positive approach to this, and while sure it's scary and there are lots of unknowns and what-if's out there, but one thing that I learned from my dad is that this is now my reality. It is happening regardless of if I want it to or if I think it’s fair; so I can mope and cry and cuss and be pissed off, or I can be happy and thankful for the things that I do have...either way, the outcome is still the same! I have a long battle ahead of me and I don't want to start the fight with cancer already having one up on me by having a bad attitude. :o)

My next blog will begin the update process. I'll probably just title each blog with that day's date (pretty creative, I know) but that way everyone can stay caught up and know right where to start reading at a quick glance. Also, please feel free to pass on my blog address to anyone who you might think would find it of interest. I know a lot of people have put me on prayer requests with different churches and groups and if any of them want to know how their prayers are working this will be the place to find out! :o)

Thanks again to all of you and God bless!



  1. Tasha - thank you for sharing something so personal and allowing us to be a part of this with you.

  2. Wow! that's a lot to deal with on top of the diagnosis and Wow! what an inspiration you are in the way you are dealing with all of this. Your strength and positive attitude shines through and is an example and blessing to all of us who love you and pray for your complete healing. "My daughter, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are LIFE to those who find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh." Proverbs 4:20-22 "...hope in the Lord will renew your strength. You will soar on wings like eagles; You will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 Stand strong in your faith and keep your heart and mind focused on Jesus. He is your everything! Love you - Dixie

  3. You are amazing! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. "Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference."- Winston Churchill

  4. Came across your post today, and wanted to send out a big shout out to you. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 in my right breast on October 18th 2010 (age 41 with a 14,12 and 3 year old), had double mast. on November 28th with immediate reconstruction and discovered 2 of 26 node involvement. Dr Balanoff is also my breast surgeon. Finished my A/C treatments and have moved on to 12 weekly taxol, just finished #2 yesterday. I get through my cancer with laughter and a smile, although I do have my days when I think this is BS then I think ok you had your 5 minute pity party now go laugh!! Maybe we will cross pathes in the lobby one day God Bess and speedy healing!! Codi cancer survivor :)))