Posted by She Said
Greg’s birthday started off wonderfully for me, and not because of anything happening here. I received the news that my mom’s surgery was successful, and much thanks to Skype, I was able to talk to her at the hospital prior to the surgery and again after the surgery when she was comfortably at home resting.
Shortly after my family left for Beijing, my mom delivered harrowing news. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was told it was caught very early on. I was told my mother’s procedure, called MammoSite, was new and would not cause the need for weeks upon weeks of radiation therapy. I was told we were lucky, and looking at me through the lens of her web camera, my mom assured me she was going to be alright.
I’d like to say that I took all of this news like a champ, but I was freaking out. I mean, I’m now over 6,000 miles from home, and I felt completely helpless. Thankfully, my sister, my brother, Greg’s aunt, and my mom’s friends have been right by her side to help. Thankfully, my friend, Eileen, put together a beautiful basket of treats and flowers and delivered them to her for me the day after I received the news. I may be far, but my mom’s support system is strong. In fact, being the trooper she is, she spent quite a bit of time relaying the information she had been given about the procedure she was going to have and about the recovery process. She even went so far as to snail mail me a video about MammoSite.
Today, my mom took the first step to becoming a cancer survivor. Today started off beautifully.