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. Melody was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Thanksgiving, after a routine mammogram showed 2 suspicious spots on one side. The spots were biopsied, and found to be cancerous. Each spot is a different kind of cancer, which is rather uncommon. One kind typically responds well to treatment, but the other is a bit harder to treat (it's referred to as "triple negative"). On Monday, Dec. 2nd, she had another biopsy of a suspicious spot in her lymph node, and that spot was determined to be cancerous as well (also the "triple negative" kind).
Monday, Dec. 9th she will have surgery to have a port implanted so that the medical team can administer chemotherapy to treat the cancer. She will also have a CAT scan.
The plan right now is to do chemotherapy for about 5 months (during which time she will not be allowed to work), followed most likely by either a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Melody is facing this like she has faced everything in life, with strength and character and an unwavering faith in God. She even jokes around a bit about the probable mastectomy, saying that she's always wanted to wear a 1920's style flapper dress, and also that if she just has one breast removed, she won't feel very "symmetrical." :) In the last few weeks, she has started MANY sentences with "The good Lord......" As in, "the good Lord must have been preparing me for this diagnosis because I got a wig catalog in the mail." She also told us about this diagnosis by starting with, "I'm grateful to the good Lord that I haven't had cancer until now."
We would covet your prayers and know that where two or more are gathered, the Lord is present and will answer. Please feel free to share this site with others who know and love Melody.
We will try to provide an update after each appointment.
In the words of one of her favorite songs, "He owns the cattle on a thousand hills; I know that He will care for me."