Ela Browder is wife to WRAL anchor/reporter Cullen Browder, a mother of two college students and an assistant professor of English at Wake Technical Community College. She had her first cancer scare, LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma In Situ), in 2014. When she was diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2020, she agreed to share her journey with WRAL.com. She wrote this column in July.
Each chapter of the breast cancer journey is filled with a new set of challenges. With a mastectomy, there are drains to measure, tissue pain and swelling, the uncomfortable problem of having to sleep on one’s back for weeks with drains or a binder, and, of course, the extraordinary loss of important body parts that people were never intended to lose. For me, chemotherapy came next. Side effects can include nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores, nosebleeds, and exhaustion. In addition to the many prescriptions,