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“When you get, give, when you learn, teach.” -Maya Angelou

And I have learned a lot over the past three months, since discovering a hairline dimple on my left breast – that beneath it grew a  2.3 centimeter, cancerous lump.  That lump – which was removed two weeks ago – has become yet another chapter of my story.

Visiting Day for me at the hospital. My kids and husband.

Needless to say, this post is a quick health update, with W.A.R posts resuming later today.

1) I’ve been out of the hospital now for two weeks. On Tuesday, May 31, I successfully (with a few hiccups) completed a 12-hour surgery: bilateral mastectomy to remove cancer in my left breast and a reconstructive DIEP procedure.  It was indeed a success.  Thank you for your e-mails, well wishes, Facebook posts, tweets, well wishes and prayers! They served (and still serve) as vital medicine for me.

2) Chemotherapy treatments begin in early July and that will bring another dimension and a another learning experience to my book called ‘life‘. :)

First doctor's visit post surgery. My daughter and sister who is my caretaker.

By the way, this Oprah series, MASTER CLASS, I highly recommend, as it has been an inspiration to me during my recovery.  Why? Knowing that I still have much more life to live – with more teaching  to do, while not giving up – matters to me. Oprah so eloquently explains her role as a ‘master teacher’, which is not traditional in definition but she’s  right on.  And as Oprah so frequently said on her show, “take a look...”

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  1. Dearest Amy,

    It is so great to read your words once again! Best to you during your recovery and beyond – what an inspiration and light you are!

    With deepest admiration and great fondness,

  2. B Herrera says:

    I’ve been checking daily to hear from you again. Although chemo is tough, my brother got through it by exercising before, during and after. I don’t know if I would have that strength, but he was determined to stay fit to be able to better fight the effects. Determination is the key to most things, and you seem to have much of that. Bless you and I’ll be keeping positive thoughts for you here in Laredo, Texas. I found that a major illness is just a strong reminder to live the life you want now, instead of waiting for a better opportunity.

  3. LOVE each of the family photos.
    So beautiful that your Sis can step in & give such a big assist.
    Cheers all the way.

  4. Beverly, thank you for the tips! I will definitely incorporate them into my repertoire when the time comes. Keep me posted on any other ideas he may have for me. I’m feeling quite good but realize there’s still more to come.

  5. Thank you for the update and photos! Your light shines bright.