My name is Jen Will. I am a 31 year-old wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and now breast cancer patient. My seemingly healthy world changed the week of April 25, 2011 when a series of tests – ultrasound, mammo and a biopsy were performed on a suspicious mass on my left breast. On Friday, April 29th I learned of the official breast cancer diagnosis (invasive ductal carcinoma) from my family physician.
This first week has been a whirl-wind of tears, prayers, research, doctor’s appointments, phone conversations, hugs, more tears and more prayers. To many, the word I am about to use may seem odd or inappropriate considering I am now a breast cancer patient, but I am so BLESSED to have such a supportive group of people who are surrounding me during this journey in my life. My husband, mom, dad, sisters, extended family, church family, friends, co-workers and even acquaintances have already shown me an unbelievable amount of love and support. It is because of them, and the comfort of knowing that God is with me on this journey, that I have chosen to name my blog “Not By Will Alone”. Everyone that that chooses to read this blog is proof of that.
I will use this blog to chronicle my journey with breast cancer, but this journey does not define who I am. I have a wonderful husband, Matt, and two beautiful children, Elli (2.5 years) and Owen (9 months) who bring me great joy and happiness. You’ll learn of them, our life together and the joy, sorrow, anger, fear and victories that we will face together.