Jan 24, 2013 Latest post:
Dec 31, 2013
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. We are trusting God for His promises on this journey and resting in His peace! Thank you for wanting to be part of this journey with us. We know God has blessed us richly through our family, friends and siblings in Christ!
Love, Michelle, Kevin & Ben
At the first of the year when I was recovering from emergency surgery, I had been functioning under some denial as I dealt with all that had transpired in the previous weeks, months even; therefore there may have some confusion as to what really happened to me. I had been suffering with stomach cramps for over a year and in my quest for diagnoses, I was told I had a minor case of colitis and was put on 2 rounds of antibiotics on December 19th. I thought I was having a severe reaction to the medications as I became bed bound on the 21st and stayed there until I was instructed to go to the ER on the 27th. It was in the ER that they did another CT scan and found I had an obstruction that looked suspicious; my colon was completely blocked! I was told that I had about 2 more days before it burst through my colon which would have killed me! No wonder I was in pain!!
They immediately admitted me to the hospital and I spent the next 10 days there. My surgery was on New Years Eve. The tumor did turn out to be stage 2 colon cancer L BUT PRAISE GOD that it was contained! The margin around the tumor was clean as were the 51 lymph nodes they removed. The surgeon said he could not have asked for a better outcome than mine! All my doctors were surprised by my outcome. Due to the size of my tumor (softball size) and the distortion of my lymph nodes, they guessed I was full of cancer. I am NOT! I woke up to a cancer free prognoses before I knew I was even cancer full!
.... That was then and this is now......
I am struggling with the fact that there was a microscopic perforation in the pathology of my colon. As my oncologist in Austin would say, “The genie got out of her bottle”. This is heart breaking news for me because it means chemo.
I firmly had my mind and heart set on NO CHEMO! I don’t want that poison in my body killing off all my good cells “just incase” there are any cancer cells to be found. There is no guarantee that the chemo will keep me from getting cancer again some where else and they doubt that it would be detectible in my body even now.
To add insult to injury, I have 2 mutated genes that “lack expression in the stains” that were done in pathology. This mutation makes me resistant to chemo; to counter that they want to give me an extra toxic dose of chemo. So not only is exactly what I didn’t want being suggested, but it is being suggested at an extra high dose.
...... My battle now beings on March 6, 13, 2013 .....
In an effort to keep everyone informed on how I’m doing I joined CaringBridge. This way you can chose to follow me and share it with everyone you would have pray for me and my family. I have lots of prayer requests J