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Warriors For Amanda

If you look at my personal profile page on this website, there is a picture of me in an orange shirt and then also my more recent striped shirt picture above.  The person in that older photo in the orange shirt no longer exists.

That orange shirt photo is the last picture I ever took of myself as a person who had never had cancer. I was showing my mother-in-law I was wearing the earrings she had given me for my birthday. Something so normal, so carefree. About 5 days later though my world shattered into a million tiny pieces that I have been picking up ever since, trying to get back “to myself” as a person.  The thing is I now realize “myself,” as it was then, will never be again.

I shared this back on the 1-year anniversary of my beginning breast cancer treatment, October 1, 2021, and it is still as true as ever.  There is an ancient practice in Japanese art and pottery called “kintsugi.” It is the repair of broken pieces using lacquer that has been mixed with powdered gold, silver, or other precious metals. Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object instead of something to disguise.

Over the following year and a half, and for a long time ahead, I came to think of myself as a human kintsugi.  I cannot hide my scars—physical, mental, and emotional—of being a breast cancer fighter, and I have plenty of them. I have slowly pieced together the Amanda who was into a new creation that lives with those scars as a badge of honor; convincing myself the joinery is stronger than the piece was before, almost like a broken bone that heals and is stronger where it mends.

On September 8, 2020, I became one of the hundreds of thousands of women in the United States who have been diagnosed with--and were starting treatment for--invasive breast cancer.  My form of cancer is a triple positive - ER+, PR+, and HER2 aggression factor+.  I went in for my port placement surgery on October 1, 2020, and from there, thus began my process of kintsugi. Even throughout the port placement, the chemo, the main surgery, the radiation, the wigs, the immunotherapy, the hormone therapy, the infections, the scans, the MRIs, the mammograms, the X-rays, the beanies, the EEGs, the fear, the devastation, the hope, the happy times, the good news and the okay news, the medications, the creams and ointments, I was and am still creating something new. Many versions of “myself.” My alloy of re-creation is not a precious metal, though.

My alloy is all of you.

All of the doctors and nurses and health care professionals who have cared for me. All of my family who have taken me and stood by me and waited for news from every visit and treatment. My friends who are family and who sent food and care to take care of all of us. The sisters I have gained as a result of this disease. The coworkers who have patiently supported me to no end. The people who tell me I will push through even when I do not think I can do so anymore. My Warriors, holding me together with support more precious than any powdered metal.

I have saved every single hospital band, bracelet, and sticker I’ve had over the past year and a half. Like a broken piece of pottery, I plan on transforming them into something that is a higher purpose and reminder of the blessing I have been given to still be fighting this with all of you by my side and behind me.  I am here. I did it, I am still doing it, and I will continue to do it. I fought! I am fighting! I am winning! I rang my last infusion treatment bell on January 24, 2022.  I have a feeling that this piece of pottery will never be “done,” but that is the bittersweet beauty and journey of becoming something new.  I will be taking aromatase inhibitor medication for at least 5 years, and for the next year, I will also be taking a special drug that is supposed to cross the blood - brain barrier to help prevent recurrence in the brain of HER2+ breast cancer patients.  So, the fight continues that way for now.

I am asking one more favor of all of you who have supported me so much.  To celebrate where I am in my fight and to help fund research that will not only help me continue that fight, but help others like me who are on their own breast cancer fighting journey, I have committed to joining the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event this fall and creating my own team to ~walk/run/stagger/skip/whatever you want~ on Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 am at Westport Plaza.  The funds I'm raising will sustain critical research and provide services for people trying to cope with their breast cancer experience.  As you know, I am brutally honest and have tried to share with you along the way the nitty gritty of what breast cancer patients go through and what they need.  Thank you for registering with my team to join me at the walk this fall to help fund those needs for other patients!!!!!!

Please stay tuned because over the next several months I will have several fun and exciting incentives and activities going on to raise money for Making Strides including raffles, custom support decals you can get with a donation, and other cool swag.  If you are not already on my Facebook Warriors For Amanda page please join!  It is at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/345980009971731

LOVE,

Amanda 

 

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If you look at my personal profile page on this website, there is a picture of me in an orange shirt and then also my more recent striped shirt picture above.  The person in that older photo in the orange shirt no longer exists.

That orange shirt photo is the last picture I ever took of myself as a person who had never had cancer. I was showing my mother-in-law I was wearing the earrings she had given me for my birthday. Something so normal, so carefree. About 5 days later though my world shattered into a million tiny pieces that I have been picking up ever since, trying to get back “to myself” as a person.  The thing is I now realize “myself,” as it was then, will never be again.

I shared this back on the 1-year anniversary of my beginning breast cancer treatment, October 1, 2021, and it is still as true as ever.  There is an ancient practice in Japanese art and pottery called “kintsugi.” It is the repair of broken pieces using lacquer that has been mixed with powdered gold, silver, or other precious metals. Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object instead of something to disguise.

Over the following year and a half, and for a long time ahead, I came to think of myself as a human kintsugi.  I cannot hide my scars—physical, mental, and emotional—of being a breast cancer fighter, and I have plenty of them. I have slowly pieced together the Amanda who was into a new creation that lives with those scars as a badge of honor; convincing myself the joinery is stronger than the piece was before, almost like a broken bone that heals and is stronger where it mends.

On September 8, 2020, I became one of the hundreds of thousands of women in the United States who have been diagnosed with--and were starting treatment for--invasive breast cancer.  My form of cancer is a triple positive - ER+, PR+, and HER2 aggression factor+.  I went in for my port placement surgery on October 1, 2020, and from there, thus began my process of kintsugi. Even throughout the port placement, the chemo, the main surgery, the radiation, the wigs, the immunotherapy, the hormone therapy, the infections, the scans, the MRIs, the mammograms, the X-rays, the beanies, the EEGs, the fear, the devastation, the hope, the happy times, the good news and the okay news, the medications, the creams and ointments, I was and am still creating something new. Many versions of “myself.” My alloy of re-creation is not a precious metal, though.

My alloy is all of you.

All of the doctors and nurses and health care professionals who have cared for me. All of my family who have taken me and stood by me and waited for news from every visit and treatment. My friends who are family and who sent food and care to take care of all of us. The sisters I have gained as a result of this disease. The coworkers who have patiently supported me to no end. The people who tell me I will push through even when I do not think I can do so anymore. My Warriors, holding me together with support more precious than any powdered metal.

I have saved every single hospital band, bracelet, and sticker I’ve had over the past year and a half. Like a broken piece of pottery, I plan on transforming them into something that is a higher purpose and reminder of the blessing I have been given to still be fighting this with all of you by my side and behind me.  I am here. I did it, I am still doing it, and I will continue to do it. I fought! I am fighting! I am winning! I rang my last infusion treatment bell on January 24, 2022.  I have a feeling that this piece of pottery will never be “done,” but that is the bittersweet beauty and journey of becoming something new.  I will be taking aromatase inhibitor medication for at least 5 years, and for the next year, I will also be taking a special drug that is supposed to cross the blood - brain barrier to help prevent recurrence in the brain of HER2+ breast cancer patients.  So, the fight continues that way for now.

I am asking one more favor of all of you who have supported me so much.  To celebrate where I am in my fight and to help fund research that will not only help me continue that fight, but help others like me who are on their own breast cancer fighting journey, I have committed to joining the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event this fall and creating my own team to ~walk/run/stagger/skip/whatever you want~ on Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 am at Westport Plaza.  The funds I'm raising will sustain critical research and provide services for people trying to cope with their breast cancer experience.  As you know, I am brutally honest and have tried to share with you along the way the nitty gritty of what breast cancer patients go through and what they need.  Thank you for registering with my team to join me at the walk this fall to help fund those needs for other patients!!!!!!

Please stay tuned because over the next several months I will have several fun and exciting incentives and activities going on to raise money for Making Strides including raffles, custom support decals you can get with a donation, and other cool swag.  If you are not already on my Facebook Warriors For Amanda page please join!  It is at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/345980009971731

LOVE,

Amanda 

 

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Fighting breast cancer in city halls, statehouses, and Congress by elevating the patient voice to advance policy change through the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN)

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Ensuring that all people have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive breast cancer. ACS and ACS CAN believe all people should have a fair and just opportunity to live a longer, healthier life free from cancer regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.

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Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Location: St. Louis, MO

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Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

As of January 2022, we have invested $71 M for potentially lifesaving breast cancer research grants.

We have received over 250,000 calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support in 2021

Cancer patients benefited from ACS transportation support through our Road TO Recovery program and transportation grants in 2021, with nearly 229,000 rides provided.

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