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Team Glenda

Glenda was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Breast Cancer) on April 4, 2016. On April 18 she was told that she is "triple negative". This means the tumor cells lack the necessary receptors, common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2 are ineffective so she will be treated with Chemotherapy.

Updates from Glenda:

September 27th

Dennis reminded me that I haven't given an update in a while so I thought I would give you a little news. The good news is the chemo is all done and I am officially considered a breast cancer survivor! The not so good news is the side effects won't let go. I have some rather nasty neuropathy in my feet and hands and I am still fighting with being so exhausted. I just can't seem to round up enough energy to do much of anything. That's ok, it will get better, I know. I just wish it would hurry up already. Can you tell I don't have no patience at all?

ok, now for the good stuff. My co-workers are phenomenal! I don't k ow what I would do without them they have gone above and beyond to help with whatever is needed. As always my wonderful hubby and protector is behind me all the way. If you ever get sick, Dennis is definitely the guy to have around.

Today I was the recipient of a random act of kindness that just blew me away. I went to the salon to have a pedicure, something I haven't done since before my diagnosis. While there being pampered the owner came over to tell me that another customer paid for my pedicure!! Now how sweet was that? I only wish she would have stayed a few moments so I could thank her.

Now for for the big news. Surgery to have the tissue expanders back in is scheduled for October 13. Please pray that no infections develop this time around.

Ok, that is it for now. I'm headed to a conference on Friday, provided my feet cooperate. I don't really want to fly 1500 miles if I can't walk well. I really want yo go on this trip so they better get in gear! I'll let you know how it goes.

bye for now,


September 8th

The final treatment!

Today marked a huge milestone in my cancer care. After having a conversation with my oncologist and going through all of the odds and options we decided to go ahead with treatment number four. There was some question about having it after my chest pain episode of last week. Since the problem turned out to be muscle spasms in my back, Dr. Naughton was happy and declared it a go.

All things considered, I had a terrific day. When the nurse accessed my port it had the best blood return since it was put in. Usually I have to do all kinds of acrobatic moves so they can draw enough blood for my tests. The treatment itself went fine and I was out of the chair by noon. The brightest part of the day was when I walked out of the treatment area to ring the "survivor bell" and there stood fifty or so of my work family ready to celebrate with me. I cannot express how touched I was and how loved I felt. I have to thank my dear friend Terri Lewis and my husband Dennis for spreading the word to everyone when I would be ringing the bell so they could be with me.

i feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. Until I was diagnosed with cancer I had no idea how many people in my life that I could really call on if I needed a friend. I know now it is many more than I could ever have thought possible. The Washington University faculty and staff have been absolutely terrific in dealing with my absences and I can't thank them enough. My terrific staff have covered a lot of my work and I owe them so very much. They are all so much more than colleagues, they are angels on earth sent to watch over me. My NCURA family has been by my side since the very beginning. They hold me up when I am feeling down, make me laugh, are there to listen when I need to vent(day or night), and so much more that I can't begin to list. By 8:00 this morning I had more than 15 texts from friends sending their love and prayers for a good day. It never ceases to amaze me how much love I feel from everyone. My family and I appreciate every card, email, dinner, flower, and all the other goodies that have been sent since I was diagnosed.

Ok, this has gotten long and I'm sure you are tired of reading my ramblings so I will close by saying thank you all for the prayers, good thoughts, and the love. I know it is what is getting me through this.

 

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