Hopefully half way finished!
This coming Tuesday is my third chemo treatment. I now feel at least half way through this part of my chemo. For those in the know, “the red devil” is almost done. My oncologist left a door open to the possibility of four more treatments after this round but I am taking this one step at a time and hoping to have a better idea after my appointments on Tuesday. I scheduled my final surgery for mid May and looking forward to surgery being the final step in my recovery. It’s a day surgery to finish the reconstruction then on to summer!

All has been well at the Benelli household. I continue to be so well loved and cared for both by my family and our friends and neighbors. Thank you just doesn’t even come close to expressing the gratitude I feel for the prayers, cards, flowers, visits, food and love I continue to receive and all the care toward Chloe, Jack and Matt. Chloe and Jack continue to be crazy busy with school and basketball. They have also been loving all the snow days, late starts and the big Pats win. I welcome the days off from driving and running around. Matt has been busy working on his new business and training for the Boston Marathon with Dana Farber. We planned a trip for February vacation to Big Sky Montana. The kids and Matt will ski and I will find a cozy place to cuddle up and rest. I am also looking forward to meeting a fellow yoga instructor who runs an amazing yoga retreat out there called Big Sky Yoga Retreats. Each year, she holds a week long retreat for breast cancer survivors in addition to other amazing yoga retreats.

I know I will use my experience to do something to pay all this amazing support forward. Right now I am just soaking up all the inspiration around me and will let the path appear.

Losing my hair has been the hardest part of the past month. I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize myself:) Needless to say, my hat collection is growing and I don’t love the hair halo I had made with my hair. It feels like a mop on my head that doesn’t belong. I’ve opted for just the hats and when I’m home (and it’s warm enough) just being the baldie that I am.

Thank you again for all the love and support! I will keep you posted. Love Carlene

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