Thursday, August 14, 2008

WhyMommy's Story

WhyMommy is the contributing editor for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). She writes at Toddler Planet and heads up Team WhyMommy which has spread the word about IBC. She also blogs at DC Metro Moms Blog, Women in Planetary Science Blog, and, her latest project, Mothers With Cancer.

Susan, a.k.a. WhyMommy, is a 35-year-old stay-at-home mom of two baby boys: "Widget," age 3, and "Little Bear," age 1. Before her babies, she worked at NASA, selecting new research ideas and new missions to fly to other planets. Her current job is no less challenging.

Susan was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer on June 16, 2007, three weeks after her mother-in-law was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma, another kind of breast cancer. Susan spent the next 10 months in chemotherapy, radiation, and recovering from a double mastectomy while trying to raise her children to be interesting, creative, and kind little boys. She has told her story day by day at Toddler Planet over the past year, with the love and support of Team WhyMommy; she is currently cancer-free and starting to work again. Susan is stubbornly not grateful for cancer, but she is grateful for the opportunity to meet so many strong women and the reminders to appreciate every day that we have together as friends and family.

Susan is desperately in love with her boys and tries to show them that every day, so that they will always remember how much their Mommy loves them.

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