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. I would have started this much earlier if I had known what this journey held. So, the first two entries are just to catch people up who might not have already heard about our testimony in the making. Thank you for visiting.
Sue's Story: On February 28 I had a routine mammogram. They called within 3 hours wanting me to come back in for additional images and an ultrasound. I had already left for Officers Councils so I couldn't get back in til March 3rd. I didn't think anything of it because I have been called back in before and it's usually nothing. This time, however it was something. They called it a suspicious mass which now was going to require a needle cone biopsy. That took place 14 days later. By this time I was getting concerned and the waiting was getting to me. Results usually take 2 days but because I had the biopsy on A Friday I had to wait 4 days. The Dr called and diagnosed me with Breast cancer.
Randy's Story: Randy has been having trouble with his throat and the side of his face for about 6 months now. He had a regular check up with our family Dr and she said his glands were swollen. She put him on an antibiotic and referred him to an ENT Dr. The antibiotic helped with the pain but he still had a tickle in his throat and chokes often. Anyway...we went to the ENT only to find out he has a growth on his left tonsil that the Dr said could a Pappiloma or it could be a cancer. So right there and then they numbed up his throat and took a couple biopsies. On March 17th the Dr called to confirm that he also has cancer. He said it was small and could be treated easily. We have since learned through additional tests and scans that it is more extensive than originally thought. The tumor is centered in his tonsil but extends to the base of his tongue, part of his throat and a small spot on his thyroid. At least 4 lymph nodes on the left side of his neck are cancerous as well.
What are the odds that we would both be battling cancer at the same time??? The good news is that we both caught it early and both of our doctors believe it will be very treatable. Please just keep us in your prayers. And please don't put anything on Facebook unless it's through private messenger.