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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I Think I Can

"I think I can," puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."
As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, "I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can." It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could."

What a crazy couple of weeks!
Rett has returned from an international business trip which had him in the Republic of Georgia for 2 weeks. What a wonderful experience for him on a professional and personal level and what a time of triumph for me.

I have so much admiration for single mothers. It is truly another full time job to take care of a little one without the help of a spouse along with the duties of the house and work. I look back and reflect on how hard that must have been for my mom as she was single with a almost 4 year old and a 1 year old. She had just moved us back to Kansas City, she was working full time, she was in law school and raising the two of us. How the heck did she do it?

My body kicked into overdrive.
I was mommy and daddy. I was there for every diaper change, every bottle, every cereal dinner, every rocking to sleep, every drop off and pick up at school and every bath. Yes, I conquered bath time with only 2 hands!

My daily pep talks would occur after dropping Emma off at school in the morning on the drive into the office and telling myself "I think I can." And I knew that I could. I so badly want to be the best mom that I can be, but I also want to have the best career that I can. I have been blessed to have the greatest support system over the course of the year and with that I knew I could tackle these two weeks on my own.

Believe me, there were some rough patches along the way, but Emma and I got through it and our bond is even stronger now. Emma has really started to enjoy her rice cereal although she doesn't like being messy one bit. She is talking up a storm. She will talk to Mumsy and Dee Dee on the phone just like she is gossiping with her girlfriends at school. We Skyped with Daddy everyday and Emma would be so excited to see him on the computer screen and hear his voice.

Radiation is almost over! I have only 1 more treatment left! Tuesday marks another huge milestone in keeping the cancer away! I can't wait to ring the bell in celebration of my triumph over this disease and look forward to only having roughly 10 more chemo treatments left!

I have taken on new responsibilities at work as well. I am still in brand communications for the US Commercial organization, however I am now leading up communications for our three national brands- DEKALB corn, Asgrow soybeans, Deltapine cotton as well as the Crop Protection and Weed Management brands. I am very lucky to have a great team at Monsanto and with our agency partners!

Charity is very important to me. I attended the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Fashion Show "Spring Spectacular" at Dillard's as well as continue to serve as class leader for Missouri Alpha of Pi Beta Phi's house renovation project. Here is a nice spotlight they ran on me in the last MO Alpha mailer.

Cornbread in the Morning is a dedicated supporter of Susan G Komen St. Louis and has set another world record with his team for the St. Louis walk. http://www.wil92.com/category/teambreadbird2011/20110420//

I was lucky enough to be on his show and share my story with his listeners last week. My main message was...You know your body. You know when something is off. Do not hesitate to be proactive when it comes to your health. Keep your annual exams scheduled and if you are of the age to receive mammograms, get them!

I can't wait to cross the finish line at the St. Louis Race for the Cure free of cancer!

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