So here is the blog all of you have been waiting for:
Let me give you the nitty gritty first- then I will feel you in with my 3B's of the day.
We started, because I made Doug go with me today, at 12:30PM. We met with Dr. Demmers- the surgeon- first. After his consultation. We meet with Dr. Maroose- the oncologist and then were to meet with the plastics guru but by the time we finished it was 5, so we rescheduled for tomorrow at 10:30. I have been poked, pricked (more blood test) for 4 hours. I am glad we rescheduled. This is what I know. I will be having a bilateral mamagram (both will be gone), no reconstruction until later, a port will be inserted for chemo. I do not know for sure how many sessions but we want to be ready for what ever. We will not know stage until they do a "sentinel biopsy" in the lymph nodes @ that point we will know the extent of chemo. I love my oncologist. She took so much time to be thorough yet didn't give me medical jargon- just facts. She explained pathology reports. Yes estrogen markers (most common) unfortunately the HER2 (?) was also a big factor which is why we will be joining the league of bald men. The amount of info is ridiculous. There is a high probability that I will have an oopharno something (laproscopic ovary removal) due to the results on my braca test. Again, 2 aunts with breast cance, 1 sister ovarian cancer and a grandmother with ovarian cancer; was the 300 dollar test necessary to show a positive marker. So now it is on to the races- this should all start to move pretty quickly now. Surgery will probably take place in two weeks or so, chemo about two weeks after that.
so now the 3B
bumps: Well I am about to loose two so that about sums it up.
battles: Now that a course of action has begun I have to start prepping class schedules and more importantly talking to HR. I am more nervous about that- than going under the knife. I really did not have to fight for anything today- I have resigned myself to the appointment times- they are guidelines for the doctors to follow. It made a difference that the oncologist spent probably an hour with us today and the surgeon 30 minutes -so ye it is good.
Blessings: Kelly Raines- you are a woman of God- your prayer was so uplifting and powerful today that no one could have left with a spirit of fear. You prayed God's word into me and it IS still and ever present.
Doug- having my oopher and quifer removed will be a private joke for a long time. Thank you for taking the afternoon off to go sit through all my appointments. I know a lot of stuff is going down at work and you did it anyway. Tony Pitts- you covered my class of 25--that is all that needs to be said! you are awesome! Lori Chepke- your text came in right at the time I needed it- GOD IS SO GOOD. I am glad I did not post my draft blog last night for tonight I might have been eating a lot of crow-
I am nervous but I am confident. I know there is a plan for this- Jer 29:11 tell me that. I know that all things work together for good. And I also know that God must have an incredible amount of trust in me to allow me to be a witness even in time of adversity. Both the surgeon and the oncologist were complementary on my courage but I have to say that I am a total coward compared to the fierce battle my sister fought. That is just like my beautiful hermana- to fight the battle before me so mine would not be as difficult. She was always my biggest fan. Thank you all for your prayers.
I love how my blessings list is always bigger than the bumps and battles.