8: Life Goes On

I have learned that on most breast cancer websites, when people make posts, it is often followed by not only their name but their date of diagnosis, stage, hormone receptor status, and which chemotherapy drugs they took. I understand why, but it still seems strange to me. I still view myself as "Rebecca," not as "Rebecca, 11/16/2015, Stage 3C TN, AC/T". 

But, for the purpose of moving along with this story:

Rebecca's Treatment plan: 
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (4 infusions of adriamycin & cytoxan, followed by 4 infusions of taxol, with 2 weeks between infusions);
Surgery (probably a lumpectomy);
Radiation therapy (estimated to be 5x a week for 6 weeks)

Prior to starting chemo, I had my port put in (which I dreaded and hated), I prioritized projects at work, and I got the Christmas shopping done. I had planned to drive a car out to my sister in Chicago, so in the midst of everything, my SO and I had this road trip, and we had an awesome time.

And, as always, in spite of how much unexpected crap comes your way, life goes on. My nephew, Charles, turned 10; Lucia lost her first tooth; my SO got a speeding ticket; there were snow days.