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10/22/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
It's a normal Saturday evening at the Marvel house. There are boys hanging out and sports on TV. ESPN, FOX Sports, and the list goes on. Except now, normal isn't just sports and all the boys in my life. Now, there is another part to my story/our story- the Big C- cancer. Thank God, it is me and not any of my boys!!! My dear friend, Jackie, encouraged me to do a CaringBridge page to share the journey with family and friends, so she created this for me. So, here we go.
On September 23rd, I went for my yearly mammogram which I do not ever miss!! It was anything but routine and a day that changed my journey forever. They discovered what they were certain was cancer. I had a biopsy that same day and then began the worst part of this process which is the waiting game. On the 28th, the doctor confirmed her suspicions with the biopsy results. I have DCIS. Praise God, it is caught early and after an MRI, it appears to be contained to the duct. My genetic testing came back negative which is another answered prayer!! God is Good!!
From the moment the doctor told me her suspicions, my first thought was about my boys and Bill. They are my world, and I am so grateful that they are healthy. I can handle anything as long as my three guys are healthy and happy. Instantly, on that beautiful Friday morning, I knew God was with me. You see, when you go to this office, the waits are hours and hours. Typically, I don't usually take a book or anything, I just look at the magazines that they have in the waiting area. However, on this visit, I took my Bible and Bible study workbook. As I waited, I worked on the workbook and read the scripture it directed me to read. As the day progressed, it became such a source of comfort. From the moment this all began, I have seen God's hand in this, and I have begun to keep a journal each day to recognize a God moment on my road to beating this despicable disease.
I will be having a lumpectomy on Monday, October 31 at 2:30. We are praying that the pathology and margins come back clear and that I can move smoothly into the treatment phase which won't be determined until after the pathology comes back.