Saturday, February 9, 2013

The beginning

Welcome to my blog! I have never blogged before now, so please excuse my ignorance...I am learning.  A lot has happened over the last few months and I am having a difficult time keeping everyone up to date.  This is the easiest way I could think of to remedy that problem.  Here we go...

In August 2012, I quit my job.  I had worked at the same accounting firm for 12 years prior and was leaving to pursue my passion...personal fitness training.  I had finally completed my certification in January 2012 and slowly worked towards leaving a job I thoroughly enjoyed for a job where I could help people in a different way.  I wanted to show my community how to be healthy!

Towards the end of 2012, I began training for my first half marathon.  I completed it on December
30th.  I felt GREAT!!! No aches, no pains, no problems, just pure joy!  Then in January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  There were so many things going through my mind.  How could this happen to me?  I eat healthy, live healthy and have no risk factors.  I am too young to have... Could the tests be wrong?  Am I having a bad dream?  How do I tell people?  What do I do now?  On the outside, I sobbed. On the inside, I felt surreal.  People walking by me, living life.  This cannot be real.  There were people all around yet I have never felt so alone.


  1. Darlene I had no idea, how were you diagnosed and what is the prognosis if you don't mind me asking? I fear not having health insurance and not being able to go to the doctor although I do make a point to go to my annual gyn appointment every year.

  2. Darlene, I know we don't speak often but do share the same church family and I'm sorry I've not made a better effort as your family in Christ. Know that our family is praying for you. hugs!!! <3

  3. Connie, I will reply to you privately on FB.

  4. praying for you (((Darlene))) ~Janette Howard

  5. I am praying for ya'll! Chin up little sister!

  6. I can only imagine your shock and aloneness at hearing such gut-wrenching news. No amount of feeling good and inner strength can prepare you for this diagnosis!

    There are so many cancer survivers (my mother survived breast cancer) and so much assistance in dealing with all the aspects of health care involved (chemo, radiation, surgeries, etc). I will be praying for your Health Care providers, along with your physical and emotional state through these days ahead. If there is anything I can do, NO matter how small, please do not hesitate to call on me. You are a child of the Most High God who loves and cares for you "ALWAYS & FOREVER".

  7. Darlene, I read this while I was on vacation and was shocked. I only had my Ipad and it wouldn't let me comment, but I wanted to be sure to come back and comment now.

    I can't believe it. But I know, for all the reasons you listed why you shouldn't have been someone diagnosed with breast cancer - those will all be contributing factors to why you are a survivor! It sounds like you already have a plan of action. I know your courage and faith will bring you through this.

    You are a strong and beautiful woman with a faith that is even stronger.

    I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers my dearest "first best friend".