It might be hard to tell but see these 4 Humans pictured above, they are Cancer Super Heroes! What you cant see are their capes that are tucked into their normal clothes...
I've wanted a lot of different jobs and career paths in my life. I love trying new things along with developing my passions and talents. But Professional Cancer Patient wasn't exactly on my to do list.
Well too bad so sad for me! In October 2016 that became my new full time job. Of course as with any new job it has its perks..... Instant new friends, loads of new things to learn, and a community to commiserate with. Now the trick was how to juggle my other jobs of Wife, Mother of 4, Young Womens President (Church Youth Leader) and Dance Instructor with Cancer Patient.
When to let everyone know:
CANCER, it can be a very big and scary word for something that may not be that big of a deal. That being said I decided initially to only tell the people I had to for logistical reasons such as missing a couple days of work, and why was Mommy having surgery. At this point we knew I had Melanoma but we didn't know to what degree. So no need to be too concerned. I went in for the first surgery thinking it was a 1 and done situation. I was still blissfully ignorant. Before Surgery I was wheeled into Nuclear Medicine to have a Smurf blue dye injected into me in order to map out the cancer. They took some imaging and then sent me off to surgery. This is where my ROCK STAR Oncology Surgeon comes into the picture Dr. Rebecca Wiatrek. She got in there and removed every trace of Cancer from my back....to the point where she said all she left behind was muscle and bone everything else was evicted! She also went in and took about 4 lymph-nodes out of my armpit.
As I recall recovery from that first surgery was not too bad. I was back at work the next week. Although under strict instructions to "take it easy" and "don't use that arm" . I would be hearing from my surgeon and regular oncologist at the end of the week about Pathology reports. At this point I was still in a state of both ignorance and shock. I had no idea how serious my situation really was. So as I went in to get my results I expected to be told, we got it all you are good to go!
Nope, wait, stop right there.....I was forgetting one thing....His Will, His Ways, My Faith Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you." I was not the boss here and there was more for me to learn......
And now for your 30 Second Dance Party -just Press PLAY
My name is Michelle Kaley but I have many other names.....Daughter, Sister, Wife of 20 years to my High School Sweetheart, Mom to my 4 Beautiful Children, Ms. Michelle to my hundreds of Students, and as of 2016 Cancer Patient was added to the list.