She'll have none of that.
Instead, she prefers dwelling on the positives: the friends she has made, women who have become like sisters, the love and support of her family.
She excitedly talks about a vacation to London and Dublin two years ago, recent concerts she's attended and her participation in a bicycle fundraiser.
She goes to work each day, enjoys lunching with friends and driving her "sassy little 2012 Volkswagen Beetle — bright red and fast."
Bachtell has stage IV uterine leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that strikes about six out of every million women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer, according to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
But she refuses "to sit in bed and be sick," she said, which tells you something about the 46-year-old Smithsburg woman.
Words like tenacity and courage come to mind.
Leiomyosarcoma or LMS is a cancer of the smooth muscle cells, which make up involuntary muscles found in most parts of the body, including the uterus, lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, walls of blood vessels and skin. It can affect men and women.
"Specifically, I have uterine leiomyosarcoma, which comes from the smooth muscle layer of the uterus," Bachtell said.
There was nothing in her past — no health issues or family history — that would have alerted her to the disease, she noted.
In fact, her life was pretty normal.
Bachtell said she graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1983, where she was president of the Drama Club, editor of the newspaper, and a member of the marching and symphony bands and the Latin Club.
After a year at Hagerstown Junior College, she transferred to the University of Maryland College Park and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism — news broadcast.
"After college, I moved around the Washington, D.C., area — from Columbia (Md.) to Silver Spring (Md.) to Washington, D.C. to Alexandria (Va.), Arlington (Va.), Sterling (Va.) and McLean, Va.," Bachtell recalled. "Most of my jobs were sales related, from office supplies — kind of a Dunder Mifflin girl — to research databases and, finally, IT staffing sales. I even had a stint managing a mosaic studio and taught classes in mosaics."
In was in late 2007, she said, that she began to have worrisome symptoms.
"I had uncomfortable menstrual cycles with heavy bleeding. And, despite exercise and diet, maintained a little 'pooch' or baby belly — and I was not pregnant or trying to be pregnant," Bachtell said.
During her 2008 annual exam, Bachtell asked the physician assistant if everything was all right "because things just didn't feel right."
She was told she had a tilted cervix, which Bacthell thought was strange because she had never been told this in the past.