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Feb 21, 2018
Some of you are already aware and thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement, here is the update for the rest of you. Please share. > > Denise had a mammogram about a week and half ago after we discovered lumps in her breasts. Shortly followed by two biopsies (left side early last week and the right side this past friday). We met with the cancer doctor on Monday afternoon to better know what Denise is dealing with, we knew it was some form of breast cancer. > > Denise has been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on her left side and Stage 0 on her right side. The left side is invasive ductal where the cancer cells have burst through the ducts, and intraductal on the right side (cancer cells still contained in the ducts). During our meeting on Monday he performed an ultrasound to determine if the lymph nodes are affected, those results came back negative so it seems for now that the lymph nodes are ok. > > She had a meeting this morning with the genetic counselor, has another appointment on Friday and an MRI scheduled for Friday. The MRI is to provide more detail in a few areas where the doctors don't have all the answers yet. > > As of right now we are on a fairly accelerated timeline with surgery to happen by mid to late September. We have not yet decided if the surgery will be a lumpectomy or mastectomy. The MRI results will determine if a lumpectomy is still possible on her left side, if it is it would mean tissue the size of a tennis ball would have to be removed. > > If we choose the lumpectomy route surgery would be followed by chemotherapy and then radiation, if we choosed the mastecomy route surgery would be followed by chemotherapy and no radiation. Percentages of cancer returning a third time are quite minimal in both choices, slightly higher with a lumpectomy. > > So another page is turning in the Willis' life story and we are confident in God's plan through all of this. There is no plan B with God so what's happening is part of His story, we will continue to pray, be quiet and listen intently to Him as we wade through this, Him walking before us through it all. Denise has started a CaringBridge site (search Denise Willis) and we will use this as our tool to communicate and upate throughout this journey. > > Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and do not hesitate to share with friends > > God Bless, > > Kevin and Denies