Monthly Archives: December 2009

All Clear

Great day!!!!  Started with a visit with Dr. Laidley, surgeon.  Upon entering the room, she announced “margins are all clear”.  Music to my ears.  The best news I’ve heard in a long time.  Then we negotiated drain removal, she will be working this weekend so I’m free to call any time once the fuid gets below a certain amount.  I’m counting on that happening tomorrow.  I should go ahead and schedule that appointment. 

From Dr. Laidley’s visit I went to Dr. Kerr’s, oncologist.  I had another great visit there.  He sat down with my mom, my aunt and myself to have the “what now” conversation.  I now have a radiation doctor on the team.  I haven’t met him yet but both doctors have talked to him about me.  I feel like I’m waiting for the ultimate set up, and the guy has my number and the girl waits for him to call.  I will move onto radiation now with chemo mixed in.  It doesn’t sound like fun but it does sound like the most effective treatment to fight my cancer.  I feel confident that this is the best course of action.   The chemo will not start for a few weeks as Dr. Kerr is waiting for some additional tests.  It seems that I have an exemplary case of breast cancer.  Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that we don’t believe the doctors see this every day?  Well, when Dr. Laidley removed my tumor she sent it off to 2 different labs in the U.S.  There are only 2 labs in the country that are testing tissue by growing it in the lab to test different chemo medicines to see which drugs the cancer responds to.  This is isn’t a guarantee because you can’t recreate our natural tissue and our body make-up in the lab but it can help the doctor make decisions.  In addition to waiting for these test results, Dr. Kerr is presenting my case before a board of oncologist next week at a conference.   He is seeking input from additional experts on my case.  I feel confident that my doctors are doing everything they can to help me fight the fight.

It truly has been a great day.  And for the first time since this journey began, I feel that I had a “normal” doctor appointment not just one but two.  Today was a good day.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”  — Philippians 4:8-9

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Out ‘n About

It has been a cold rainy day in Dallas but I’m loving it.  I got out of the house today.  I’m adjusting to my “new” look complete with wigs and stuffing. 

I have come thru the second surgery with flying colors and managed to leave with only 1 drain.  It’s the simple things that make me happy these days.  I appreciate a day that includes minimal pain, laughter and winning a flat screen t.v. isn’t bad either.  The Lord has blessed me with lots of encouragement throughout the day.  Tonight, I met another warrior in our army, she has offered to pitch in with errands or anything else I need and she lives just down the sidewalk from me.  God is so good.

I realized today that I don’t have a battle plan.  I originally thought that after surgery I would get back on course and return to chemo but it seems now that plans may be changing.  I’m not sure what is next yet.  I’m waiting for the doctors to get back to me.  For the first time since my diagnosis I feel like the pause button has been pushed.  Praying for continued guidance for my doctors.  Patience for me to wait when I’m suppose to and move forward when I’m suppose to.  Today’s verse was perfect for me and over course I had to share with all of you.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”  — Lamentations 3:22-26

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