MRI Results

We received the results of the MRI yesterday. The known cancerous part is approximately 2.8 cm; originally thought it was 2.5 cm. There are “legs” or “shoots” growing out from it, also. If you “connect” the edges of the off-shoots into a circle it would be approximately 6.0 cm (2.36 inches). Unfortunately, the MRI also showed a lymph node that seems to be cancerous.

The oncologist has given me the option of having Chemotherappy first in an attempt to shrink the tumor to a smaller size in order to save more tissue in the breast at the time of surgery. We will see the surgeon today and find out more about what surgery would be like if we do it first vs second. Either way, I will have to have the lymph node taken out and the chemo port put in very soon. Chemo will either start immediately or I will be allowed 2 weeeks recovery from surgery before it starts. So, as you can see, we are picking up the pace in our journey and we are doing it quickly.

Please pray for us as we make the decision to do Chemo or surgery first in my line of treatment. Pray for God’s knowledge for the doctors and us. Pray that the cancer will be healed in the way God has planned for it to be. I still believe God is taking care of this. I just don’t know all the details but I trust He knows what He is doing.

Words cannot express how blessed and humbled I feel by all your kind words, thoughts and prayers. I stay continually overwhelmed that so many people from all over the country and the world are taking their time to wish me well. I am amazed at how many people I knew growing up as a child have remembered me and written to me in this difficult time. It is so amazing to know people remember you and still care today.

I still try to acknowledge each contact I receive. If you haven’t heard from me personally, I apologize. I pray I keep my strength to get caught up. But, honestly everyday seems to be longer than the one before and I find myself exhuasted. Apparently, I feel asleep in the middle of a sentence last night! Poor Rick! Just know that I love you all, I cherish your words of encouragement and depend on your prayers more than you know.

Fighting and Believing!


  1. Deb says:

    Fighting and Believing with you. Let our prayers and support be your strength in Christ Jesus. We carry it with you to His throne and believe in His blood and His healing. Let Him carry you. You have a difficult path in front of you, but we are right by you in spirit. Im thinking and praying for everyday and night when you pop in my head.
    I love You.

  2. Sister says:

    I Love you. I am not sure how to put into words my emotions. I am here for you, to hold your hand, cook your family a meal, (not chili, I don’t know how) wash your clothes, and to just sit by your bed. I pray for you daily and I know the Lord will get you and the family through this. You are stronger and more stubborn than anybody I know. You won’t let this get the best of you. I will be there to help you hold your head up when you can’t and show the world how strong and beautiful you are. I Love you Stephanie.

  3. Treva Motley says:

    Fighting and believing with you! YOU are blessed!
    He is the God that forgives your sins and heals your diseases.
    Standing in the gap,

  4. Crystal Blevins Absher says:

    What an inspiration you are for me! I read what you are going through and it breaks my heart. You on the other hand are strong and a fighter! With God on your side you will win!! Thinking of you!!

  5. Mom says:

    I know God is healing you with his plan. I like you and Michelle know he is in control and we have to do it his way. But as your Mom I want it my way. NOW! But I really know he is there guiding us through this journery and I promise you Dad and I will be there holding you and being there every minute for my gkids and son in law. I love you so much and I wish it was me instead. I would trade places right now. But again God is in control. You are a blessing to us and your family and friends and we are behind and beside you. Luv u, Mom

  6. Cindy says:

    Trusting,believing,and praying that which direction you take will be what God has chosen for you..I pray that he will lead the Drs. to do what is best first..Prayers are being lifted up daily for you and the family..We’re so blessed to be able not only to call you “church family,” but friends.Thank you and the family for letting us be a part of this medical and spiritual journey. God has something very special in store for you.. 🙂 Love you..

  7. Cathy Rickard Lang says:


    My heart goes out to you and your family as you face this difficult challenge. Please know that God is with you each step of the way and that I pray many times each day for all of you. There is a scripture somewhere that a friend of mine recited every day, “For by the stripes of Jeasus I am healed”. Hope this helps you as well.

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