“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.
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‘.
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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