Saturday, March 28, 2015

Boob Voyage

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. She's 40 years old, in good health, and with no family history of the disease. It was a shock to all of us and hard for her. Hard to accept. Hard to tell people. Hard to think about what she is facing. Hard to think about. There is "good" news - the cancer was caught early, it has not spread, it's very treatable, and she tested negative for the breast cancer gene. But there is no way to avoid the truth that cancer sucks. Robin will lose part of her breast next week. She'll have to endure radiation treatments. She could possibly have to undergo chemotherapy. And she will spend the rest of her life worrying that the cancer might come back.

But my sister has a terrific, earthy sense of humor and has kept me laughing for 40 years. We have laughed a lot sense her diagnosis - in person, on the phone, and through texts. We've sent each other boob jokes and ridiculous breast themed etsy crafts and pithy sayings about all the crap life can throw at you. And all that humor has helped. This wasn't a journey Robin was expecting to take, but she'll make the best of it. And teach us how to live in the process.

Robin has a huge collection of fun, quirky friends and they have surrounded her with love and support and their own brand of humor. Last night, a group of friends threw her a  party. The invitations read "You are cordially invited to attend a Boob Voyage Party in honor of Robin and her killer boob, before it's transformation into something fabulous and cancer-free!"

There were pink balloons and pink Mardi Gras necklaces and a pink feather boa.
There was also a lovely boob cake.
We ate Mexican food and chatted and then Robin cut the cake.
"This is the lumpectomy!"
It was red velvet cake for another layer of humor/grossness.
We had a good time celebrating Robin.

Because Robin is such a strong, funny, caring presence for all of us and we are so grateful to have her in our lives. Killer boob and all.

1 comment:

  1. You are right, cancer does suck! So glad Robin has family and friends to support her and you can laugh with her. Prayers for successful surgery, treatment and full recovery.
    - Vicki


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