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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
How breast cancer is reshaping everything

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About this blog
By Jennifer Denbo
I wanted to start this blog so other women, family and friends could see a real perspective into the life of cancer. Not just what I am experiencing, but what others may experience or see loved ones experience themselves. I am a mom of two girls ...
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Taking It From The Top
I wanted to start this blog so other women, family and friends could see a real perspective into the life of cancer. Not just what I am experiencing, but what others may experience or see loved ones experience themselves. I am a mom of two girls (Kaylee 10, and Sophie 4) and married for 11 years this year to my husband John Marc. We live in Rolla, MO and all of my treatments will be here at Phelps County Regional Medical Center. I was diagnosed on January 16, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. A moment in time I believe the Earth stopped turning, and my heart stopped beating. Even if it was for a split second. This blog was started January 21, 2013 at 6:22 p.m. when I was ready to speak. (and when my S.I.L. Claire was ready to help with the tech stuff:) I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. I WILL beat Breast Cancer! I did not want to turn to Google for my answers, I wanted to find my own. These are them:
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Jan. 16, 2014 11:20 a.m.
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March 26, 2013 5:31 p.m.



Well, I am back home:) Glad to be back home, but had a great time getting away for a few days. I always have fun at my parents house, and I can sure get use to my dad taking care of me. He bends over backwards to get me stuff and make sure I’m good… and a girl can get use to that :)

Now, I am back home and back to reality. My mom is with me for a few days as my white blood cells are on their way back down. She has to stay to help with the girls because when my white blood cells go down I have a hard time doing a lot of stuff…but mainly taking care of the kids. I’m lucky she is so nice to do everything she has:) I would be lost without her here. Love you mom:)

Tomorrow I go back to the doctor for my weekly blood work. This is usually the time when Doc says “Jen your white count is down, don’t go anywhere.” ;) And I do exactly what he says and stay home. This weekend is Easter and I have every intention of going to church for the first time since chemo started. I miss my family there, and it will be good to see them.



Hopefully I will feel good and I can go because I am looking forward to it. I also get to wear my wig for the first time….should be interesting;)

Overall I feel okay. Still nervous about the tumor marker going up and trying not to think about it. I just want all this over with as soon as possible and don’t want anything to stand in my way. I’m feeling the effects of chemo and it’s starting to take a tole on me emotionally and physically. My skin is darkening up and blotching in spots and no one is sure why. It bugs me, and is just another reason I can’t wait for chemo to be over! I feel like it never will :( I’m glad to be back home and see John and get back to a routine. The kids are on Spring Break and it will be nice to see them and hopefully they won’t drive me crazy;) lol

On a side note, I’ve been dealing with my baldness better. My mom and dads was a real eye opener. They have all mirrored bedroom doors and it seemed like every time I turned around I was looking at my big bald head in a mirror. I feel better being home and having just the one mirror with doors. It took a few days at my parents to get use to myself… but I eventually did.

Enjoy photos of the snow at my parents house (14 inches of snow) and some pics of the effects of chemo. :(

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