Ahh spring is in the air! In the last week I've actually been enticed enough to pick up the camera and snap some shots (see below). We had our first good thunderstorm of the year today and the grass is more green than brown again. Jason has been prepping the mower for his 6 acre mowing sprees and the garden is partially tilled. This is, by far, my favorite time of the year. New life, fresh smells and porch dwelling becomes the norm over tv watching - bliss! I even sat on the back porch swing for a couple of hours yesterday reading and got quite a nice sunburn on my arms and face. And finished a book too - on a windy day in broad day light - have I mentioned how much the Kindle rules?!
To regress a bit, at the end of February, one month after my 35th birthday, I had a routine mammogram. The results landed me back in the Women's Diagnostic Center to do maginifactions due to microcalcifications that were found. The next day led me to a breast biopsy. And then the next day led me to a diagnosis of breast cancer. What?! Yeah, that was exactly my reaction. Fast forward two weeks later after an MRI and meeting with my surgeon and it was confirmed. Though I'm very lucky. Diagnosis of DCIS grade 3 at a size of 3.1cm, which basically means non-invasive and caught at one of the earliest stages possible, much to my relief. So I'm scheduled for a lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy on April 14th, out-patient sugery, with 33 days of radiation and 5 years on Tamoxifin as a preventative. All in all, not bad for what it is. At this point I'm just waiting for the surgery to be done and recovery to begin.
In the meantime, I'm embracing spring! We're making our summer plans, deciding what we are going to do with the yard, expanding the back deck and looking forward to our first spring and full summer at the new homestead, which we so love! We see so much wildlife here it's awesome. And the peace and quite, compared to neighborhood living, is rockin'!
Speaking of wildlife and our awesome new homestead, here are a few photos to get a peak into our world. :)