Teresa Wilbanks

First post: Jul 24, 2016 Latest post: Dec 28, 2016
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Diagnosis By Teresa Wilbanks (https://www.caringbridge.org/profile/33570395) — Jul 24, 2016 10:33pm

I'm not sure what to say here, but everyone is encouraging me to do this, so here goes. I had a total hysterectomy on June 21 for a cyst in my uterus. There was no discussion about anything suspicious, so I was not at all concerned. We were told it was nothing to worry about. Two days later they called and said it was a malignant tumor: carcinosarcoma.
I had to wait two weeks post surgery for a CT scan to see if it had spread to my lymph nodes or any other organs. Praise the Lord--the scan showed it had not spread!  Two days after that we met with an oncologist who said because this was a rare and aggressive cancer, I needed chemo and radiation to prevent it from coming back within 1-2 years. On July 19, we went to MD Anderson and they confirmed this diagnosis and treatment.  But they said I am so lucky that I had the surgery and the tumor was removed intact and the scans showed no spreading!  Not luck, but God's blessings!
So, tomorrow, July 25, I will go to have a port inserted, then on Wed., July 27, I will have my first round of chemo.  There will be 6 rounds, one every three weeks, here in Austin. On Aug. 3, I will do radiation in Houston at MD Anderson for 5 days and that's all I have to do for that.
I've been told by all the doctors that I will definitely lose my hair within about 2 weeks after the first round, but holding on to some hope that maybe that won't happen!
I am so blessed to be totally loved, surrounded and supported by prayers and the best family, friends and co-workers in the world!  I know that I will get through this with Him and all of you.
Our sermon today was from Romans 5:1-5 and talked about how Suffering brings Endurance, which builds Character, which gives us Hope and that Hope will never disappoint us. I am forever Hopeful and know that whatever darkness lies ahead He will lead me out of it. 
"It is when I am weak that I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).
Please pray for me tomorrow for the port surgery and for the unknown effects of the chemo on Wed.  Most of all, please pray for me and my family, that we have many, many more happy times together!
Thank you!

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