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Allyson's journey: Young mom talks truth about fighting cancer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - *Editor's Note: A 38-year-old Charlotte mom is battling aggressive breast cancer. Allyson Gahan has no family history. She's young. Vibrant. Her world was rocked when the diagnosis came late last year. Allyson asked Anchor Molly Grantham if she could post a personal blog through Molly's Facebook page. She said she wanted to showcase the reality of how life changes when cancer hits. Brilliant idea. She sends Molly her raw thoughts – Molly writes them into a “blog” below.


Back to work! June 8th ended my medical leave. I was mentally ready but physically, yeah. That was different. My body didn't agree.

I've been able to start mornings off okay, my kids never let me sleep past 6:30 a.m. anyway. In the afternoon I do a complete nose dive. I used to be able to nap. I can't do that in the office. 

No amount of caffeine helps. This photo is what I'd love to do - not, so my bosses know, what I actually AM doing. But it feels that way so often.

Any other cancer survivor have suggestions on how to get back into work when you don't have the energy?

I always struggled a bit with stamina before cancer but now that my body is recovering from major surgery and I'm still going through chemo treatments, my stamina has gotten worse. I have 16 more treatments ahead of me. The next one is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 23rd.

That's my 39th birthday. Happy Birthday to me.

Then I think, whatever. It's just another day. Another day closer to having this nightmare end. I refuse to let myself dwell on the fact there's another five months ahead. One day at a time.

Oddly, I can't remember what it felt like to feel “normal”.

Is not feeling normal, normal for cancer patients?

People always ask me how I'm feeling. Here's the truth: I feel like I always have a case of the flu. I'm achy and nauseous. My kids are now used to me dry heaving all the time.

I even had my 3-year-old keep me company in the bathroom as I vomited... how sad is that!? In typical 3-year-old fashion, she fired away questions the entire time.

(Sidebar from Molly: Chemo on your birthday. Wondering if feeling abnormal is normal. Laughing at your 3-year-old asking questions as you puke. At least you know you're holding on to your wicked sense of humor. There's comfort in laughter.)

Through it all, I remain thankful for the results we've received so far. I know many others are in far worse situations. I'm doing pretty well. I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know, without a doubt, I'll come through this stronger than when I started.

My goal is to run in Race for the Cure (through the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure) on October 3rd. I ran last year, but didn't have breast cancer. My diagnosis came a couple weeks later. I had joined "Team Molly" because I thought it'd be good to support all the other women fighting cancer.

"Other" women. And now I'm one of them.

Look for me this October - I plan on getting lots of my co-workers out to help all of us who battle. I also plan on wearing something horribly pink and gaudy with “SURVIVOR” proudly emblazoned across my shirt!!

If you know you want to be there October 3rd with Allyson and the other 20,000 people helping raise awareness and fight breast cancer, register for "Team Molly" here.

Past Posts:

Installment 5: http://tinyurl.com/p93nzuz

Installment 4: http://tinyurl.com/nne63dc

Installment 3: http://tinyurl.com/mpb6p3z

VIDEO before surgery: http://tinyurl.com/kxx2cxc

Installment 2: http://tinyurl.com/qgmovcb

Installment 1: http://tinyurl.com/kjq98df

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