Tuesday, January 29, 2013
In September, my oncologist said I was doing so well in my 8 years since breast cancer diagnosis. He thought when I reached the 10 year mark, he would release me to my regular doctor. How excited I was. I had no trouble after the mastectomy and the chemotherapy, although difficult, was completed with no complications.
In January I saw the plastic surgeon about having the implant removed because it was causing pain. He decided to have an ultrasound done first. During the ultrasound, it was decided to do a biopsy because they saw something! That something was cancer, on the same side as the original one!
I have since found out that it is rare for cancer to return on the same side and it is even rarer for it to show up on the side, rather than the top.
This has been a major shock for my husband and I. He is retiring from the ministry in June 2013. Our income was going to be significantly reduced and we were working on how we were going to make it. Now! This! Cancer treatment is not cheap.
I had the cancer removed, 14 lymph nodes, the implant and the left breast removed on Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013. The pathology report showed no cancer in the left breast. Praises to God! All the lymph nodes had cancer. I don't see the Oncologist until Feb 5 but the surgeon is sure I will need chemo, again.
When I was diagnosed in 2004, I was confident I would beat it. I felt the mastectomy removed the cancer and the chemo was just extra insurance. This time, I don't have that confidence. I am 9 years older and have developed other medical problems that I am dealing with.
I do have the confidence that God is with me through all this. I am praying that my spunk and tenacity will return and I will fight "like a girl".