There are many word pairings that change your life; few as much as “It’s cancer”. That’s the message I received via SMS from Andrea in the afternoon of October 6, 2009.

On that day I became Andrea’s primary support and cheerleader. I started learning the language of “ductal infiltrating carcinoma” which includes surgeries like “sentinel node dissection” and chemotherapies like “Fluorouracil Epirubicin Cyclophosphamide Taxotere” (FEC-T). I took responsibility for coordinating medical appointments, cataloguing information and keeping a health log. I’ve joked that I’m the project manager of Andrea’s journey to becoming a cancer survivor.

While we have our moments of stress, fatigue and anxiety, Andrea and I make a point of laughing through this process as much as possible. Hopefully our experiences as a team — the patient and the support — will be beneficial to you.