Several years ago, I walked in the Susan G. Komen 3 day Breast Cancer Walk. I can't even tell you now why I was so passionate about it except for those I knew who had personally fought breast cancer. I'm thinking now it was God's way of helping me prepare for this time in my life..."walking it forward" so to speak.
No one ever expects to hear the word cancer, but on September 11, 2017 - there it was..."JeriAnn, you have breast cancer." After a routine mammogram came a 3D mammogram, followed by a biopsy, and finally an MRI. All of this lovely poking, prodding, and mashing revealed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive ductal carcinoma. While all the cancer appears in the right breast, there are 3 areas that are worrisome and need to be removed. After 3 weeks, I can finally say it "I have cancer."
I feel very blessed to have begun my journey at the Virginia Clay Dorman Breast Center in Ft. Worth; they are the ones to spot the calcifications and insist on more testing. They are the sweetest group of Christian ladies who prayed for me, and provided praise and worship music to keep me calm during all of my testing. The early detection of my cancer gives me a great deal of hope. It appears to be Stage 1A and not too aggressive, Praise Jesus!
I will soon have a bilateral mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction (all performed at the same time.) And unless cancer is found in lymph nodes during surgery, it doesn't appear as though chemotherapy or radiation will be required - another Praise God! The surgery has been scheduled for October 10th, but since it has already changed from the 12th, to the 9th, to the 10th, that could change at anytime:) However, I believe that it will be sometime within the next couple of weeks.
I am told that recovery time will be from 6 to 8 weeks long, so I'm in need of some really good movie/tv show/book suggestions!:) But mostly your prayers are coveted; prayers for the surgeons: Dr. Jennifer Snow & Dr. Nabil Habash, and prayers for wisdom and peace for my family. I'm not sure how great of a patient I am:) prayers for James!:)
I know God's Got This:) And I will have a great testimony of His Grace and mercy on the other side! Thank you for caring and for sharing in my journey. James, McCrae and I will be posting updates to this site in order to keep you informed of what's going on. I know the power of prayer and I do not take lightly the support of my family and friends in my recovery. Bless you all and here we go!