Julie Schmidt

First post: Mar 10, 2022 Latest post: Apr 19, 2023
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. Although quite reluctant to start this site, we are using it to keep family and friends updated and invite you to come walk along with us in this journey of cancer (and some details are just for my personal journaling).  Nick and I have two boys, Garret (16) and Wil (12) and we appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  Isaiah 43:2

Jan 31, 2022 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) or more generically, breast cancer.  Two peanut-sized tumors (and a third pea-size tumor found later in MRI) were discovered in my right breast at a routine mammogram (I missed a few years so ladies...take note).  I have tested positive for three hormone receptors and will also be doing genetic testing in May.

I'm thankful that based on the size of tumors and little evidence of lymph node swelling, I am currently stage 1A.   Treatment plan is for infusions to be done weekly for 3 months followed by a double mastectomy and later hormone therapy infusions for 7-9 months.   On Feb 18 my treatments began locally at the Hutchinson Cancer Center where I am given two monoclonal therapies (to treat the hormone receptors) and chemo. 

As anxious as one can get when being diagnosed with cancer, we do fully trust in the Lord and this next chapter in life to be a (dare we say) defining, yet beautiful one.

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