Early this year I had a routine screening mammogram that was flagged for review. After going in for more tests and biopsies on January 26, 2021, I was diagnosed with two types of breast cancer; Invasive Ductile Carcinoma (IDC) and Ductile Carcinoma Insitu (DCIS). Many additional tests including MRIs, CT scans, and comprehensive genetic testing led to the discovery that I carry the PALB2 breast cancer gene mutation. Armed with that information, the course of action I felt the most peace following was to plan for a bilateral mastectomy. At 7:30 a.m. on April 13, I am schedule to have concurrent surgeries; bilateral mastectomy immediately followed by tissue transfer reconstruction. These surgeries will take place at Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis under the same anesthesia episode and are estimated to take eight+ hours followed by five days recovery in hospital and eight weeks off work recovering at home.
Please agree with me in prayer for God's supernatural peace to guard and garrison about my heart and the hearts of my children; Ashley, Grant, Evangeline (Evan), and Henry. For us not to have the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of sound minds. Lifting up my surgeons, Dr. Annie Callahan (surgical oncologist) and Dr. David Ruebeck (reconstructive surgeon), and all medical staff I come in contact with at Abbott for wisdom, anointed hands, and abundant grace.
Psalm 91 is my anthem:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”