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Week 48: "They're baa-aaack" Carol Anne Freeling, Poltergeist II
Well, it's been a Poltergeist kind of week.  During the exam prior to my infusion on Tuesday, my oncologist felt a new mass that she wanted checked out. I went in for the ultrasound and mammogram on Wednesday and it was confirmed--two new masses at the site where the original tumor was removed. It's never good when a doctor begins a conversation with "I'm sorry" and a hug. But, I held it together. I wasn't going to cry in front of her. I smiled and thanked her. I smiled and thanked the sonographer as she walked me out. I smiled as I left the office and thanked the front office staff and told them to have a good evening. I almost made it to my Jeep before the tears came, but they did come, and I let them. Being strong doesn't mean you don't get to cry every once in awhile. Being strong means that you pick yourself up and keep going. Thursday morning, I woke up, got out of bed, put one foot in front of the other and kept going. Cheryl Strayed said, "Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal." I will continue to fight because my desire to heal and move in the direction of my best and happiest dreams is great. I will endure, and I will do it with a smile on my face. #breastcancer #susangkomen #StandUpToCancer #breastcancersurvivor #bethstrong #fucancer

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