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4/27/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer on April 4th, 2016. I was doing my usual self breast exam in the shower and thought I felt something. I went in to see the doctor for an unrelated issue and asked if he would feel the spot to see if it really was something or just me overreacting. He thought it was just a cyst but scheduled a mammogram just to make sure. I had a 3D mammogram done. This is important because the tumor could not even be seen on the regular 2D scan. The only reason they saw something is because they did the 3D. So ladies, if you have the choice, choose 3D! They did an ultrasound right away because what they saw concerned them. Once they saw it on ultrasound they were even more concerned so they scheduled me for a biopsy the next day. That was on a Thursday, I received the results on the next Monday. I have what is called Invasive Ductal Carcinoma--Estrogen Driven. It is very small in size, less than 2 cm. I caught it very early, the doctors I have seen can not even believe I felt anything at all....it is that subtle. My husband was not even able to feel it! They keep praising me for finding it, but that praise goes straight to God. I am so thankful that God made it so evident to me. From that point on it has been a whirlwind of appointments. I met with my breast surgeon to get more details and go over different options for surgery. I had an MRI done to make sure there wasn't anything in the other breast. The MRI did find a reactive lymph node, so they biopsied it just to make sure it was not malignant. That came back with good news, it was not cancerous. Then I met with my plastic surgeon to go over mastectomy with reconstruction procedures. After much prayer and consideration of all the information I was presented, I have chosen to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction. This will give me the best medical odds of it never coming back. And if I was on the wrong side of the numbers and it did come back, it would be easily detected because there wouldn't be anywhere for it to hide. I have great peace with this decision and am anxious to take some action! My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, April 26th at 1:30 p.m. The surgery should take approximately 4 hours. During the surgery my breast surgeon will remove some lymph nodes and look at them right there in the operating room to see if there is any cancer involved. Please pray that the lymph nodes will be negative. I will not know if I will need chemo or radiation until the final pathology report comes in. Those results can take up to 2 weeks after surgery. Either I or my husband will keep everyone updated through this site. I want to thank everyone in advance for your prayers, love and support. My family and I are humbled by all of the outpouring of love we have already been shown. God has got this, friends! There is no doubt in my mind He will use this for His glory. There will be good that comes from this. I will leave you with a verse that a friend shared with me and is so comforting to me right now. "God will fight for you, you need only be still." Exodus 14:14 It is well with my soul. Hugs & Love~ Kristy
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