Liver ultrasound report

Friday, September 04, 2015

I had the liver ultrasound yesterday; the test itself went fine; it was painless, and took less than 20 minutes. From the time I got to the hospital, changed into a gown, had the ultrasound, and got back into my clothes, I was probably there only a half hour.

I was able to get the report online around 6pm yesterday. It was a very short report; with all the problems with my liver, I was expecting it to be a longer one. But anyway, here a few highlights from it, my comments are in the ( ).

The liver is diffusely abnormal. ( Diffusely means over a large area, that is not much different than what my CT scan in May said.)

There are multiple lesions (cancer) replacing the majority of the liver parenchyma (that is the part of the liver that filters out the toxins.) It has probably progressed slightly since the CT scan of May 22, 2015.

Impression: Extensive metastatic (meaning the breast cancer has spread) disease to the liver.

I have decided, for now, to wait a bit before calling Hospice. Maybe I will wait until I see my oncologist on the 18th, maybe I'll change my mind and do it before then. I just know I don't feel like doing it TODAY, even though other people think I should. I need to do what I feel is right for me, what is my comfort zone. And waiting a couple more weeks to make that call is not going to make my life any shorter or any longer. Actually, the pressure I am getting from well meaning people telling what to do is bothering more than the cancer itself right now.
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    Big blessings to you my friend! I love you up in heaven and know you are dancing and pain free!
    1726 days ago
    Shari, so happy you are doing what feels best for you. YOU are the important one here.

    1764 days ago
    Shari , you are in my prayers. Peace and blessings are being sent your way.
    1765 days ago
  • DREAMS1967
    God Bless you. You are in my prayers. It is time to do what you feel is right for you and not worry about what others think you should do. God will guide your steps and you will make the right decision.
    1766 days ago
    I believe that you will make the right decisions when the time is right. Changes are challenging and require the right mindset to succeed. You will know when the time is right for you. Everyone else's opinions are just that, opinions. They are probably all well meaning, but when you are ready you will make the decision that is yours to make.

    Sending many prayers for peace in your heart and mind. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1766 days ago
    You are in my prayers. I'm sorry you are getting pressure - Please make the correct decision for you. Take care of yourself.
    1767 days ago
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    emoticon You know what is best!
    1767 days ago
    Shari, I'm sorry to hear that the metastasis has progressed. You're in my prayers, as always. I get bombarded with advice too. I think it makes people feel better to try to help, and as others have commented here that it's meant to be helpful. Cancer is an awkward situation for most people, and it's hard to know what to say and what not to say - both as the person with cancer and people talking to a person with cancer. You're such a lovely person that I can't imagine anyone wanting anything but the best for you. Me included.

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    Cristina xo
    1767 days ago
    Dear Shari,
    I am sorry to hear this news about the liver scan. That alone would be enough to deal with, let alone feeling stressed and under pressure from the opinions of others, even if they are well-intentioned. Only you can know when the time is right for you to make the hospice decision. It may be that you still feel able to cope with living where you are, despite these results. Only you know what feels best and most comfortable for you. Whatever the case, I wish you peace today and in the days ahead. That is always the best position from which to make any decision.
    Keeping you in my prayers as always my dear friend.
    Love and big, gentle hugs,

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    1767 days ago
    It doesn't surprise me that others would pressure you (intentional or not) - it seems to be human nature (IMHO) to want to "chime in" even if it's all means, follow your head, heart and gut instincts and do what is right for *you*.......

    1768 days ago
    Shari-you do what's right for you. I'm sure everyone means well, but they can't put themselves in your shoes. You are right that 2 weeks until you see your oncologist isn't going to matter. We will keep you in our prayers!
    1768 days ago
    I am sorry that s.k"."well meaning friends " think its their place to advise you in something so personal and a very sensitive matter.Only you will know how to proceed
    and whats in your heart.
    Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way. emoticon emoticon
    1768 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    I'm sorry, hun. People always think they have the answers to your situation. But they are not YOU. Only you know what feels right to you. So take your time making your decisions. Long or short, it is your life. And whatever you decide, we are here for you.
    1768 days ago
    Stay strong

    1768 days ago
    So sorry for your situation. You are right; you should do what is right for you because no one knows what that is but you. I'm sure your family and friends want to be there for you, so rely on them for anything that you feel comfortable with, but you aren't obligated to accept all of their opinions, suggestions, assistance when you don't want or need it.

    May God's love and peace be with you as you face upcoming trials.

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    Big hugs to you Shari!
    1768 days ago
    Aww - hugs! I am so sorry and I think you have to do what you feel is right - thinking about you
    1768 days ago
    1768 days ago
    Stay strong and do what your heart tells you to do! Sometimes people don't realize that they need to allow their loved ones to live their lifes a they see fit. God bless you my friend!!!
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    1768 days ago
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    Sending my thoughts, love and prayers your way.

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    1768 days ago
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    I'm sorry the others are upsetting you. God bless you. You will do what you need to do.
    Hugs for your evening and weekend.
    I'm going to be keeping you in my prayers.
    Take care friend.
    1768 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You are SUCH an inspiration to me and to OTHERS! Not a good report but you are you and EXCELLENT in your reports. Iam sorry it is progressing but YOU are in charge and I believe that YOU will know when to call Hospice!

    My emoticon and prayers will remain with you!

    1768 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1768 days ago
  • FLRED12
    You have to do what feels right for you. You are in my prayers. emoticon
    1768 days ago

    Do what feels right!
    1768 days ago
    Shari, maybe more than the rest of us- You can do what ever you like. Whenever you want...... Climb Mt Everest. Eat your favorite foods (mine- ice cream). Curl up with Timmy & watch an old movie.
    If you don't want to call Hospice, don't. If you change your mind, it's yours to change.
    As always, I send you my love, hugs & prayers.
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    1768 days ago
    I'm sure people want what (they think) is best for you. Like everyone else has need to do what makes you comfortable! Follow your heart and your gut. You know what you need and what you're ready for. Of course, sending hugs and prayers!
    1768 days ago
    We all know people mean well,Shari.It is not their life it is yours and yours
    alone.Do what is best for you,dear.Hugs,prayers and blessings! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1768 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    This is a lot to digest. You just put it aside until you feel comfortable.. Whomever stated that stuff needs to step back and be there, not all up in your face.

    I humbly suggest that you understand that some people do not think before they speak.. I only suggest, never give advice. I learned that tool in counseling. True friends let one be themselves, not conform to what others want or need.

    YOU know what is best for you. This is your life and your body. Know that we agree with you and love you and what you choose to share with us. Hugs and warm embrace today sweetie..Linda

    1768 days ago
    Thank you for the update! You can only do what feels right for you. You know best and have been battling this journey for a long time. You mean so much to so many. Sending a big hug!
    1768 days ago
    I so appreciate your honesty - it helps me examine MY actions to make sure I'm not putting undue pressure on people in MY life regarding decisions about THEIR health. Know you are in our prayers.
    1768 days ago
    Bottom line is it is your life and only you have the right to decide how you want to continue it. I truly believe you are an extremely strong woman and will make a wise decision to your best ability. My heart goes out to you Shari. You have fought cancer for a long time so bravely. I am honored to know you dear one. May our beloved Jesus surround you with His peace and Love. Tender hugs. Pat
    1768 days ago
    My dear friend Shari,
    You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
    Hospice is your decision and I hope you stick to that! I hope good intentioned people will back off and let you have control over this important decision that only you can make! You are such an example of strength and courage...know how much we care about you and admire the way you have handled what life has dealt you! I know I can say that we are all proud to call you our friend!
    Wishing you a day of peace from these circumstances! Please feel all our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs coming to you!
    Most Sincerely,

    1769 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Oh, that would bother me, too. You need to live your life as well and as long as you can without people pressuring you like that. You'll know when the time is right. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
    1769 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Dearest Shari, thank you for sharing your CT Scan results, I am so sorry you are going through this. As some try to be well meaning, I totally agree with you my friend as this is a decision that is personal and you only can make. You will know when it's right for you. One thing I can't express enough, I want you to know how much you have impacted my life with being such an inspiration and an encourager. I can't thank you enough for all the support you have brought me over the years and all those prayers you have lifted up to the Lord on my behalf. Indeed you are a valued friend in which I thank God. One thing for sure I stand with you and will hold you in my thoughts and much prayer...May the Lord continue to bring you Strength today and always... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1769 days ago
    Yes, this is a very personal decision. For sure. I know people mean well, but can be so stressful with their advice. Big hug and prayers, my friend Shari.
    1769 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your CT scan resutls. Glad some of it hasn't progressed, but I understand about your liver. As far as callins Hospice, to me that's a very personal decision. Some people may be well-meaning, but the decision is up to you. You will know when the time is right for you. Just know you are very special to me and to a lot of people here on Spark. You have always been concerned for my kitties, (Thor and Max) and you were there for me all through Thor's illness, Arjay;s surgery when he choked and we allmost lost him, my parents dying, and numerous other things I have been through. I only hope I have been as supportive to you.
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    1769 days ago
    Oh my stars! I'm so sorry to hear about your cancer. I will pray for you! You are right to do what feels right for you. May God bless you and give you strength in these trials you are facing.
    1769 days ago
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