Annalisa Winje Peck Annalisa

First post: Mar 15, 2017 Latest post: Jun 30, 2017
February 16, 2017

So the scoop is this. I had a bad cold in December- they took an x-ray to look for pneumonia and instead found enlarged lymph nodes near my heart. The cold was unrelated. Between December 20th (the day I was told it could be lymphoma) and today I have had three biopsies. The first two did not produce enough tissue to determine certain lymphomas. 

Today was a more invasive surgery to obtain enough. Because of course this bugger isn't in a convenient spot! Enough tissue was obtained and is positive for a lymphoma. 

Although nobody wants to hear this news, I have been trying to prepare myself since December 20th for the possibility. That night was also our children's Christmas concert. I was numb, but determined to enjoy this festivity and be strong for my kids until I found the right words to tell them.

I got an additional gift that night. I scanned the gymnasium and picked out all the other strong, amazing women in our small community who have also fought cancer and survived. This group includes my primary physician. I contacted them the next day, and they ALL gave me what I needed. Little pieces here and there. For this I am blessed. Thank you.

In addition, what incredible family, friends and co-workers I have! For this I am blessed. 

Don't yet know the road ahead, but I'm ready. 

Lord, thank you, I love you. My lesson is clear and I know where you and I stand. 

Hugs to all of you - your kindness and concern makes my cup runneth over.

Peace -Annalisa

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