As all of you have become aware Laura has been diagnosed with stage 3a breast cancer. We will do our best to try and update as much as we can as we get and do more tests, have appointments, or things change. So many of you have reached out asking questions, wanting to help, and praying for us. We cannot be more blessed and thankful for all of the support. Right now this is what we know. She has more than one tumor in her right breast, cancer has also spread slightly into the lymph nodes in her armpit. Her cancer is kind of crazy as she had a biopsy in all 3 areas and all 3 areas tested positive or negative for all the different characteristics of cancer. What this means in non-medical terms all 3 areas will act and react different to any and all treatments we do. This is good in some ways, bad in others, but at this point it doesn't really matter, we got what we got. Since the biopsy was done we have run the gambit on all other sorts of tests and exploratory things. Slowly we have realized not to be scared about these tests, but to face them head on and know that they are routine and necessary. The doctors need to check every aspect and area in her body as best they can to hopefully determine that the cancer has not spread any further than we already know. At times these tests scare us when we think too much about them as we know a good test result means we get no worse, and a positive test result can only make things worse. So far she has done an EKG for her heart as her first treatment will be chemo, since she is young and in good health otherwise her chemo will be very strong, very aggressive, and for lack of better terms put her through hell at a rapid pace. We both know this summer won't be much fun but Laura is one tough cookie and we are encouraged that the doctors are willing to go this route as the more aggressive and stronger they attack it the better the results will be and we know she can handle it. The EKG was important since the chemo will be so strong, aggressive, and rapid her heart is at a minor risk. This was finally our first good test, she came back with a perfect EKG and we got our baseline set so that the doctors can monitor throughout our chemo. Although a small test it still felt good to finally hear we had a good one as we have only had bad answers since January. That same day kind of out of nowhere for us she had a Brain MRI. We heard both the oncologist (chemo doctor), and surgeon say that we would have an MRI. We never put two and two together that we would have two MRI's we just thought it was the same. Well we were wrong, got a call on Monday to schedule the MRI, had problems with insurance, but got that crap worked out (been fighting with insurance a lot) and had the Brain MRI done. This one had us in a rough spot mentally, what happens if we have a bad test, how do we handle that. Slowly we are learning we cannot think about or embrance the "what if" only the for sure. On Wednesday we got those results back. CLEAN SCAN praise GOD. When Laura called me to tell me that, i could just feel the uptick in her voice, her spirit had been lifted and we had a great day. 2 days in a row, 2 good tests after 3 months of all bad. We are now on a winning streak and don't have to worry about that "what if."
1 year ago today was chemo treatment number 1. How different things look and how much has happened in one year. We are so thankful and reminded often of the multitude of people who have helped, prayed, sent letters, and have encouraged Laura, myself, both of us, and just loved on our family so much through this who journey. I wish we could say it is over, but the journey will be everlasting. Thankfully things have a much more positive outlook and feeling than 1 year ago. Right now Laura is considered in remission and will be for hopefully Another four and a half years. At 5 years she is considered clinically Cancer Free. Weeks ago she started an anti estrogen medication. This will be an amino therapy that could last 5 to 10 years. She will finish her yearly treatment of herceptin another amino therapy June 14th. When this ends regular bloodwork and rechecks will continue forever. She does have hopefully just 2 more surgeries that should happen this year. First probably in June sometime she will have phase 2 of her reconstruction completed. This should last a couple hours and have her taking it easy for a week or so afterwards and will be out patient. Then hopefully closer to the end of the year she will be able to have her chemo port removed. I'm sure that day will be very great, but emotional. That has been her lifeline for all her treatments throughout. All her blood work and everything. When that comes out doctors will feel like she is doing great and risks of the port being infected due to nonuse will outweigh chances of ever having to use it again. To me that day can't come soon enough. Closer on the horizon is a scan Laura will have near the end of April. This will be a full body scan to confirm what we all hope is true, that there is no evidence of cancer. This day is scary, optimistic, and a whole other worlds of emotions. One good test for the rest of your life, or one not so good test to be back to who knows what. Please pray for this test, for complete healing in her body and for her and my mental state as we get closer to test day. You all have been so amazing helping in countless ways, but prayer and God have kept our spirits and hopes high. Please help us keep them even higher to get through this confirmation test of healing and one step further away from cancer.