Here she is in 1992 at my sister's wedding, wearing a pink brocade suit. She had just turned 53 when she was diagnosed. She was about half-way through her treatments, and was very conscious of getting a good wig for the wedding photos. She wanted them to look like the "real" her. You'll notice that other than her hair, she looks perfectly healthy. She had some nausea and weak days, but overall went through things very smoothly.
In the spring of 2005, after 13 years, Dorothea was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer on the right. She again went for the full mastectomy and then had chemotherapy. This is also the summer when I had my first bone marrow transplant, so it was a lot of work for my sister and dad. We did manage to get our Ogunquit vacation in early in the summer before I was hospitalized and on a week Mom didn't have chemo. Nothing stops that vacation! Sadly, the only pink in this picture is the headband my niece is wearing! I really wanted to show you this picture so you can see that the woman doesn't age!
I hope you will come back this week to participate in my Bone Marrow Birthday Week Giveaways. I am trying to raise awareness of the ease of becoming a bone marrow donor. There are five great prize packs that will be given away at the end of the week!