My blog is about my crazy life since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. It is generally a light-hearted account of the trials and tribulations of trying to stay alive.
My name is Maria Brown and I’m that one in a million patient who reacts weirdly to medications…not good when the doctors are trying to save your life. After surgery and chemotherapy I experienced heart failure, and then a stroke. Believing I was going to die from heart problems before the cancer killed me, I stopped taking my meds.
Six months later I was sporting 2 shiny metal titanium rods to stabilize my back because the cancer spread to my spine and I had to have radiation treatment. But I can walk, and I can talk, and I am determined to make the best of being dealt some lousy lemons in life. The only thing I can’t do right now is Yoga (‘cause the screws in my back might pop out… but that’s okay because I wasn’t a great fan of yoga anyway).
There is rarely a dull moment in our household of four. I have two children whom I refer to as Frick (alias Hope…a girl) and her younger brother Frack (alias James); both who know how to dial 911 and flag down ambulances. I also have a husband whom I will lovingly refer to as Bobo. I am not sure how we survived as husband as wife during my chemo. treatments (my husband was afraid that I was going to sell the house whenever he came home from work at night). I just remember being on steroids and painting the house at 2:00 in the morning.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy reading about my escapades since my cancer diagnosis and have a good laugh or cry about my unbelievable experiences with the stuff I have written about… be it the cow glove, hives on my picc. line, the nurse with bloody gloves, running backwards, the blob I didn’t know about discovered in my brain, and the hairball cyst growing in my abdomen. All strangely weird, but 100% true.