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Jenni's Breast Cancer Journey: Hey World, I'm Back! But Let Me Take a Nap First
| Date Posted: 10/21/2021
Jenni Abbott’s Facebook profile says, “Wife, Mom, Christ-Follower. Lover of Books, Music, Food and Fun.” In early February 2021 the Southern Pines resident added “Breast Cancer Warrior” to her list of roles and accomplishments…and took her friends on family on a virtual breast cancer journey with her. Jenni graciously agreed for FirstHealth of the Carolinas, where she is a patient, to chronicle her journey through a recreation of her social media posts. She offered raw insights about her experience but always infused optimism and faith. This is the last of eight blogs about Jenni and her breast cancer experience. Read the previous blogs here.
Radiation week 4 is complete. ☢️
To say I am over this would be an understatement. I have this beautiful skin reaction and a very sensitive upper left quadrant. Anyone have any shelf bra style tanks, tees or dresses lying around? I may need to borrow them!
2 weeks to go!
Almost done with radiation! I’ve got 3 days this week & 3 days next week, then DONE!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
It’s so odd to feel mentally, emotionally & spiritually well when your physical body is in pain & discomfort. When your personality & smile say, “Hey world, I’m back!” but your body says, “you need a 2 hour nap every day.”
As I walked my dog this morning, I prayed out loud to God - thanking Him, speaking scripture back to Him, reminding Him that it is my desire to be cancer-free always - that my desire has been to walk through this fire and share my testimony. I asked Him for this journey to be my only journey with cancer. I prayed for complete healing in Jesus’ Name. The best weapon against adversity is God’s Word. I’m standing on it, declaring it and hoping in it daily.
“In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” Ephesians 6:16-17 HCSB
“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.” Romans 12:12 HCSB
Back in the chair today — all is 👌🏻— just my immunotherapy to target the HER2+ proteins that are found on my cancer cells. It’s injected slowly into my thigh every 3 weeks. In Jesus’ Name, there are no cancer cells to be found anymore… but if there are, these two drugs are “snipers” and will go on the attack! Only 3 more radiation treatments this week and then I’m done with it! Grateful!
✌🏻Peace out, radiation oncology! May I never lay on that table again! I am very grateful for the awesome team of techs that worked with me each day for 6 weeks, making sure I was in the exact right position. They made me feel comfortable & confident in my treatments. If I had to be there, these professionals were the ones I wanted & needed to walk me through. Thank you @firsthealthofthecarolinas! 🏥
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