Today was an important and emotional day for our family. We get to share the happy news that today was Andrea's final chemotherapy treatment. We've posted about her journey on the blog, but a quick summary: Andrea was diagnosed May 22nd with Stage 1 IDC breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy (6/11) , reconstructive surgery, and chemotherapy. The tumor was detected on her annual mammogram and although it was very small, it had started spreading in her breast tissue. The mastectomy surgery did not show that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, however the pathology showed that it was an aggressive form of cancer (triple negative) that did not respond to many of the available treatments. Chemotherapy was the only treatment option available and Andrea tolerated it well, although it's been difficult with the cold therapy (to prevent hair loss and neuropathy) and painful at times.
I am so proud of Andrea for staying strong, enduring, overcoming and remaining positive throughout these difficult months. Today, for the final treatment, we picked the kids up early from school so they could be present with us and to celebrate this moment with us. Andrea rang the bell today to mark the end of this chapter and we are hopeful she will remain healthy for a long long time. Once Andrea's body recovers from the chemotherapy she has one more minor surgery to finish her reconstruction, but for now we will all relax and celebrate.
We love you, and we are so proud of you Andrea! You are so special to me and to our family!
Loved the bell ringing. Saw it on facebook - makes me smile each time I see it.
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