Jody Gutrich

First post: Feb 12, 2018 Latest post: Apr 30, 2018

Jody is now 'one of the club'.  Unfortunately it is NOT a club she wants to be in.  Jody was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in early December, what a nice birthday present.  Jody went immediately into action getting two opinions and chose to use Edwards Hospital in Naperville.  Her team at Edwards is excellent and she feels very comfortable there.  Original diagnosis was going to be a lumpectomy on her right breast.  Upon further more invasive testing she unfortunately had another spot and she is now going to have a double mastectomy on Feb. 13, 2018.  Jody's attitude is amazing and even though the cancer is only in her right breast she said lets just do both so we do not need to worry about the other breast in the future.  Modern day medicine has advanced so much so that during her procedure they will immediately do reconstructive surgery.  Recovery time is 6-8 weeks.  As of today, 1/31/18, we are told no radiation or chemo will be needed.  Once the procedure is done there will be further testing on her tissue and lymph nodes.  Those results will ultimately determine if radiation or chemo will be necessary.  So, right now fingers crossed that she will not need any of that.
Jody is in no pain and is super positeve.  She is living every day like a normal day.  This CARING BRIDGE SITE will be the way we will keep our supporters updated instead of other social media platforms like Facebook, etc.  
It's times like these that you accept generosity and think how lucky you are to have people in your life that love you and want to help....  We have the best family, friends and our neighborhood is so supportive and giving.  It's going to be a long next 8 weeks or so...
We love each and every one of you and your families for taking the time to help us.  We will try our best to keep an active journal so you know about Jody's progress.
Our sincerest thanks.
Jody, Kris, Wes, Kyler and Ryder

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