ABOUT ME

Here’s the short version of my life story…

I was born tall, blond, with big boobs.  Straight-A cheerleader who dated the captain of the football team and became a corporate executive.  Friends teased I lived a charmed life.  Who knew my life was actually a Lifetime movie and that was just the first half hour.  At 38, I lost my husband to the “deadliest of all brain tumors”.  At 40, I reconnected with the football captain and married him (yes, we know he looks a lot like Brett Favre!).

I learned in August 2012 that I had breast cancer. With family history, I got mammograms every year like clockwork. That year the dreaded call back turned into a small mass in “Lefty” and so began the process.  I had not one, but two tumors, one 1.3 cm and the other 0.6 cm. It was stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer and I was Triple Positive. That means they know my tumors were fueled by hormones (estrogen & progesterone), but also the aggressive HER2 proteins, so although my prognosis is “excellent”‘ my treatment schedule sucked.

I started the blog in October 2012 to document this time in order to share my experiences and updates with friends & family, and also hoped blogging would be therapeutic.  It was.  It was also fun.

At the end of December 2013, I finished my final Herceptin treatments and was finally DONE!  At 45, I kicked breast cancer’s ass.

It’s now time to write the next chapter of this Lifetime movie I seem to be living in.  In March 2014, my company restructured and eliminated my position.  It was time to move on anyway.  Nowhere in the breast cancer literature does it recommend working almost 2 hours away and living out there 3 nights/week so you could focus on work.

Some friends at work encouraged me to keep blogging.

I am excited to find out what this next chapter is all about.  I am excited to push myself out of my comfort zone and try some new things.  I am excited to live life.

Pool pic 2016 (2)

 

 Contact info:  debhnorris@comcast.net or follow me on Twitter @DHLN

3 thoughts on “ABOUT ME”

  1. Great picture:-)

  2. Thank you for sharing your breast cancer experience. I am there now, and looking for stories of other people going through it. It’s scary. I appreciate your words — Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth – Best wishes to you in your fight against this cancer! I went and found your blog and will follow along. I am suppose to start my chemo on Friday, looking forward to getting all this behind me!

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