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My name is Kasha I am 27, and engaged to a wonderful man named Patrick. He and I are wicked proud parents of Alexa Grace, our 14 month old daughter, and, Augustus Waters (Gussy), a two and a half year old English Cream Retriever. We live in Massachusetts and this is my story.
I was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer at 26 and in the middle of planning the wedding of my dreams. After a bilateral mastectomy and a complete left lymph node dissection, i was given the choice of two chemotherapy regiments. I chose the lesser of the two which involves 12 weekly treatments of paclitaxel (Taxol) and trastuzumab (Herceptin) followed by trastuzumab (Herceptin) every three weeks for the remainder of the year.
I started this blog (initially on CaringBridge) in order to keep my loved ones in the loop without having to repeat and often relive difficult parts of my journey. I enjoy writing and hope my experience offers encouragement to you or a loved one in a similar situation.
Okemo- the name I call my (chemo) treatment was born when a 5 year old boy mispronounced it while asking his parents about me. Mt Okemo, in Ludlow Vermont, happens to be one of my favorite places to ski. So writing about something that inherently terrified me under disguise of something that thrilled me shifted my perspective. The new name redefined my experience and I was able to accept chemo as the cure I prayed for all along.
This has been a wild and ever-changing experience and I am humbled by your interest and support. Thank you so much for following & feel free to contact me!