The Francis Family Foundation, generous CaringBridge donors, are honoring supporters like you by doubling all donations to CaringBridge, up to $25,000. Make a donation by December 12 to be counted.
Jul 25, 2017 Latest post:
Feb 16, 2018
I began this cancer journey July 13th 2017. I did a routine mammogram that came back with an area of concern. I am thankful to the director of imaging as he was persistent in his knowing something was there even when the ultrasound didn't confirm that. I now have early diagnosis of stage 1 breast cancer.
I have a great team of doctors already forming to help fight the cancer. Additional testing brought to light a spot on my right lung as well. At this time we do not know what that might be. I will do a CT scan on July 24th to investigate that area of concern further. I will post that information here when I have it.
The biopsy I did potential got all the breast cancer tumor but additional surgery will be needed to remove the surrounding tissue. Genetic testing I have started will help to determine the right surgery I need. I know I will have to do radiation for sure regardless of the type of surgery I do.
I know that God has been involved in this journey before I knew we were on a journey. He arraigned for the mammogram when the schedule was full, I took a breast health class with a teacher who is now my patient advocate, gave me a doctor who knew what he knew even if the test didn't show it. The MRI revealed another area that might need to be treated as well thankfully. He is surrounding me with a supportive family, great friends and co-workers, and awesome prayer warriors, . If I have to be on this journey at least I have a amazing support team. I am thankful for each of you. I am truly blessed to have each of you in my life. THANK YOU!
If you choose to walk this journey with me I ask that your job be: help me to stay strong, positive, full of faith, and keep me laughing. I ask that you continue to tell me about you as I care about each of you. If you pray please pray for me, my family and each other as we walk this path.
I have a very wise friend who told me that to much sympathy saps your strength and she is right. Lets be strong together.
In all of this I have to remember the things I know and believe. I am a child of God. I am in His hands. He loves me. He has a plan for all of this.
My life is not like Job's at all, but I agree with Job 2:10 " should we only take good things from God and not trouble."