"Chemo Kick-Off" Party: How I Prepared for the FIGHT of my Life!

Here are some great photos from the party I had the night before Chemo began. It was a celebration, of sorts, and a way for me to get my head in the cancer-fighting game!

Let’s start at the beginning of my journey. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2010 after finding a large lump during a self-exam. It took six long weeks of tests, scans and second opinions to determine that I was not metastatic but Stage IIIc. I was scheduled to begin 14-weeks of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy on my kids' last day of school in June. I planned a party the night before to get my head in the game.

I figured that sharing some photos from my "Chemo Kick-Off" party (click the link here or below the post to view the slideshow) might be a good way for you to get to know me better on this slideshow.

Here is how the Evite read:

"Everyone's approach to cancer treatment is uniquely their own. I've chosen to face treatment head on, surrounded by family and friends, and to celebrate. This gathering is essentially about empowerment and support. My journey to this point has been an arduous one, but the support of all of you has made it bearable and seem doable. My family and I are suiting up for battle. Part of our battle preparation plan includes shaving my head. This may seem extreme, but it is less about losing my hair and more about taking control back from this crazy cancer. It symbolizes POWER over what happens to me and when. My boys will be shaving their heads in solidarity. I plan to beat this thing, and it starts now. I hope you will join us in the FIGHT. Each one of you has been an important part of my life and will be an important part of my recovery. Please wear pink."

Many thanks to Catherine Kiernan for the gift of her wonderful photography and slideshow skills and Cheryl-Ann Osberg Leslie for buzzing my hair!

View Slideshow Here:


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Krissy October 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I've seen this documentary before. It is compelling stuff. However, if I did not pursue aggressive treatment when I did, I would be dead. My cancer was very aggressive and fast-growing.
Jenny M. October 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thanks for sharing your story. The video was very emotional. I hope you have beaten cancer.
NCHammer October 09, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Thanks Andrew. A body must be strong to fight any disease and the immune system of the human body is incredibly effective if left alone...the chemo and radiation treatments strip the body bare of its natural defenses. Glad things went well for you Krissy - there are many stories that turned out very differently.
Krissy October 09, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I am currently NED status. (No Evidence of Disease) And I live for today.
Glen K Dunbar October 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
oh Krissy. I and all of us wish you the best. I hope you continue to be OK. We all are in your corner GLEN


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