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Feb 9, 2017 Latest post:
Feb 10, 2017
On January 17th I went for an annual mammogram that will change my life forever. Long story short, I was called back for an ultrasound and biopsy and waited 5 long days to find out that I have breast cancer. In the past week I have been in shock, disbelief, angry, sad, scared, overwhelmed, impatient, depressed, anxious, worried, etc... I have no control over my body or the next year of my life. However, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to get well no matter what I have to go through. God has a plan for me and I will be healed. And with the love and support of my amazing family and friends I will be okay. But for now I apologize if I have not returned your calls and texts. Know that I appreciate your concern but cannot talk about the "C" word yet. I have to focus on the testing and treatment decisions right now. But I will try to keep everyone up to date here so you can read it whenever you want. So in addition to the tests I mentioned already I have has genetics testing which takes 3 weeks for results. I have met with an oncology surgeon, a medical oncology doctor and will meet with a radiology oncology doctor this Friday and a plastic surgeon next Tuesday. In the morning I am having a PET scan and a bone scan. Next Wednesday I am having an echocardiogram and next Thursday I am having outpatient surgery for a port placement. Then Monday the 20th I am starting chemotherapy. My tumor is 3.4 cm and the docs want to shrink it down before surgery. Chemo will last for 3 1/2 months😭 Fortunately it doesn't appear to be in the lymph nodes and is considered to be stage 2. But 2 lymph nodes will be removed and tested during surgery to be sure. Until all tests are back I have not decided which surgery I will have, lumpectomy vs mastectomies and reconstruction. And the outcome of all that will determine if I will need radiation. So basically this journey will take 9 months to a year or more. Please continue to pray and hang in there with me. My emotions are all over the place and I am going to have to learn how to have patience and take one day at a time without control over my life. But God has the ultimate control and I am sure He has a message for me that I wouldn't have known without walking through this phase of my life. Thanks for loving me enough to share my journey. Love and hugs to all.