Back then, she had a small lump of a virulent cancer that was quickly removed. She did the most aggressive therapy, and was cancer-free for over 5 years until now. But, last week a mammogram found a 2.5 cm lump and it’s already in one lymph node.
Dr. Katherine Alley, was based off a mamogram. The biopsy was Friday, and we will find out more on Monday. But it’s pretty clear that Trish will have a mastectomy, reconstruction, radiation and harsh chemotherapy. The only choices will be in the details.
We have a lot of things going for us. We have a good health care plan. Trish has few work committments now, so she can focus everything on recovery. My job is very sympathetic and will let me take care of her. She’s in the best mental and physical shape of her life, which will help her stay strong against the chemo.
She will beat this one, just like she beat everything else. She defies the laws of the universe.
We broke it to the girls, and they are naturally upset. We talked about the science of cancerous cells, the treatment, and what pink means. It was very hard to stay strong and confident for them. I put together a bag of pink stuff to help lighten the mood.XML File doesn't existThere is a silver lining in this horror. The outpouring of love from friends has been overwhelming, inspiring and humbling. Trish’s close girlfriends came right to her aid. She immediately reconciled an old friendship that had ended angrily. And in an amazing event, hundreds of our fellow online gamers held a virtual rally in support. (It was called PinkforTink, because her online avatar is named Tinkerhell. More on this later. The photo is of the Badlands server community of Warhammer Online.)
Trish (Tink!) you are loved so deeply and dearly, by so many people. We adore how you defy convention, confront your fears, and infect us all with your contagious Joie de vivre. Your star shines so brightly, and we all know you’ll make it through this like you have everything else.
Here is a short video of my favorite pics of Trish. It was made for our gamer friends, to whom we are known as Tink and Mort. (For best results, double-click on it when it starts to play for full screen)