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IN THE BEGINNING (PART 2, The Tests)

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On Tuesday, May, 23rd, I went for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. It really wasn’t that bad, but I didn’t learn much, except that there was another small lump and a couple of swollen lymphnodes under my left arm. Next step: a core biopsy of the two lumps and a fine needle biopsy of the lymphnodes. I was assured that the biopsy would definitely indicate whether or not there was something going on with these lumps.

On Thursday, May, 25th, two days after the first two test, I recieved two ultrasound guided biopsies of my left boobie 🙂 and a fine needle aspiration of the lymphnodes. Again, the staff was friendly and courteous, and the surgery was much less extensive than I expected. After the procedure was done, I was told that the radiologist would call me with the results within the next five business days.

During the wait, I enjoyed a nice Memorial Day weekend with my family and friends, and to my own surprise, I was able to keep from spilling the beans!  lol. Tuesday came, and the radiologist called me with the results. The smaller of the two lumps was benign and the larger lump was definitely cancer. Unfortunately, the swelling of my lymphnode was due to the cancer spreading. The next step: see the surgeon.

That Friday, I was in the surgeon’s office. I was told, I have the choice of a total mastectomy or spare the breast and just remove the lump. Ok, my question; why would I have my whole brest removed, if I have the option of just removing the lump His answer: because it is a higher risk of the cancer returning should I decide to spare the breast. But I have a little bit of decision time because due to the cancer spreading to the lymphnodes, I have to be given a PET Scan to see if it has spreaded to any other parts of the body.

Well, to bring you completely up to date, yesterday was my PET scan and an MRI was done just this morning. The results will be in by Monday and I will talk with the surgeon once again: this time to find out whether or not the cancer has spread and the treatment options available to me. Prayerfully, it has not spread beyond the lymphnodes, but if it has, it’s a small feat for my Father and the amazing things He does through His Son and His Holy Spirit!!!

Of course I have no idea of what the process of this journey will intale, but I can honestly say that I believe I will come out on the other side victoriously and my Father will certainly be glorified! So until my next post, which will probably be Tuesday or shortly after, I love you and I appreciate your decision to go with me through this challenging, yet victorious journey!!!! Thanks, love Shelly 🙂

IN THE BEGINNING (PART 1)

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Sometime in the latter part of March, I discovered [what I thought to be] a very large lump in my left breast. I was absolutely shocked! The shock didn’t stem as much from finding the lump -as I had found one in my right breast about 20 years prior- it was the size that dumb founded me the most. All I could think was ‘how did I miss this’!

After the initial shock, I did many searches over the internet to get an idea of what I should do next.  I found most advise to calm down and give it a month, because it could just be hormonal. So that is exactly what I did. I waited 30 days. Still reluctant to make an appointment -due to not having insurance- David (my husband) convinced me that my health was way more important. I made an appointment at the local health center, the visit was only $20, but I knew a series of test would follow and all I could think about were the bills to accompany them.

Of course the lump was confirmed by the doctor and she too was obviously surprised by the size. She wrote me a script for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. As she handed me the scripts, the expression on my face must have been pretty obvious, because her response was “You don’t have insurance, do you?” And I confirmed with a smirk and a nod. She than told me not to worry and brought in a medical social worker, who was very nice, understanding and empathetic. To make a long story short, in two days I was covered for any and all test I would need! What a relief!!! 🙂

 

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2: “The Big Tests Day”!!!