Brief summary of dates, so far:
9/21 -mammogram. 10/1 – follow up mammo and ultrasound. 10/8 – core biopsy. 10/10 – biopsy results. 10/11 – appointment with surgeon. 10/12 – call from surgeon that I would need an MRI. 10/15 – MRI
All the while life goes on. I drove to Ocean Shores on Friday, Oct 12, for a weekend of scrapbooking. This was just after getting off the phone with Dr. Wooten telling me that she wanted me to have an MRI before doing surgery. I drove via White Pass, and shortly after I stopped to take this picture of Mt Rainier, the hospital called to schedule my MRI.
I didn’t want to spend the weekend being all “woe is me” with my scrapbooking friends – so I didn’t mention my diagnosis, and just enjoyed the people and the ocean. I was still wrapping my own brain around it all.
At the end of the weekend I went to my parents’ home in Des Moines (WA) to see my sister and brother-in-law who were visiting from Texas, and to tell them all the news. I know you are reading this, Mom. In fact you are probably reading it out loud to Dad. It was so hard to tell you. I want to shield you from things that might make you sad or make you worry. But I knew you would need to know.
Then I went home to Yakima.