The Big "C" Has Reared It's Ugly Head Again!

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".
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    I more or less "stumbled" across your page, yet believe that even the smallest things in each day are orchestrated by God. I'm wondering how you are doing after your second bout with breast cancer?? My heart goes out to women who have had to deal with this, yet what an appreciation you must have of life and see the treasures in a day that most of us take for granted? God bless you, and may your health be restored to you. But whatever the circumstances, I know God's will for you is for your best. emoticon
    2530 days ago
    Wow, I just saw your page on the suggested pages page. On a whim I decided to visit your page. I think Raisen Kayne had something to do with it since I had a yorkie as a kid. Also the Methodist connection. I stayed in Methodist hospital this week and had a meaningful conversation with the Chaplain. Anyhow, what a hard journey you have walked. My prayers are with you. I hope you can beat it again. emoticon
    2832 days ago
  • LAURAB_143
    I wanted to say I am so sorry you are having to fight this fight again. God be with you and bless you and your husband!! I just sent you a sparkmail because I was so excited to discover you live close to me. Now I would like to add that maybe I found you for a reason.
    Please get in touch with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon
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    3006 days ago
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    Oh, I just found your page, and my heart goes out to you! You HAVE my humble prayers, to help you WIN this fight!


    In Blessings and Love,
    Lori emoticon
    3050 days ago
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