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!