30, Pregnant and Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Welcome to the Oesch Family Blog. This blog will allow you to follow along as our family grows, we tackle my breast cancer and live life to its fullest.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Life Lessons

Over the course of the last 6-8 months I have learned some very valuable life lessons.

When I found out I was pregnant in June I was shocked at how quickly my priorities shifted. It was like a switch went off immediately that taught me to not sweat the small stuff and focus on those things that are most important- like friends and family. My priorities became more balanced. My current employer always talks about and places a lot of value of work-life balance but before this summer I will admit that my scale definitely tipped more towards the work side of things. Don't get me wrong, I still have a huge passion for the work I do but I understand now the importance of calling it a day in order to get home to family and friends and enjoy my "off" time.

Then in August when I was diagnosed with breast cancer I learned that it was ok to put myself first sometimes. I can remember as far back to my high school days this has been a hard thing for me to do. I would always place my homework on hold in order to finalize details for a group project or Student Council event. Then in college, history repeated itself. I have always been drawn to extra curricular activities and if that meant sacrificing my sleep or things I wanted to do for myself I did. Now enter into my professional life. As I entered into the advertising agency world, the patterns I created in life continued to be reinforced by my daily activities. My clients came first. They paid the bills and I was there to provide the most excellent service I could on behalf of my agency. Plus, the work was energizing and exciting. Who wouldn't want to manage projects, pieces of global business, and cross-promotions for such Fortune 100 companies like Intel, Microsoft, Best Buy and Coca-Cola or run first of its kind promotions to deliver $10,000 cash with your pizza right to you door for Domino's Pizza? Or how about building a clothing line from the gound up or building a master brand for Monsanto?

After my diagnosis I realized the work will always be there and my health wouldn't necessarily. I needed to put my doctor's appointments and treatments first in order to get healthy for Emma, Rett and my family and friends. And it has paid off so far. As I prep myself for my day of surgery and recovery, I will again need to remind myself that is is ok to focus on me in order to recover quickly so I can get back to living my full life with my new family.

Take time out today to spend with your families and don't forget a little "me" time too!



  1. thank you for this reminder. it is so true. btw, jenna, i am four months pregnant and thinking of you. i already have one child so it is definitely different than your situation but i still think about you often and wonder if that could be me? and why COULDN'T it be me? you are and have been so strong and i encourage you to continue to do your best. i can only imagine that it's not as easy and fun as you make it sound. you are an inspiration through it all!

  2. Kristine- congratulations!How exciting to be welcoming your second baby into the world. All I would recommend is to have your OBGYN follow through on your annual exams even during your pregnancy. I go thru my ups and downs but it is much more fun to have a positive spirit and outlook. Take care!