Posted by: healingseeker | February 1, 2010

God has worked another miracle on 1st of February

1 February 2010

I must admit, I had been as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof prior to my oncology appointment. This afternoon was the day I was to find out whether the cancer in my body is contained only in my breasts or had spread. I can’t imagine why my blood pressure was pretty high. Can you? Smile.

Last night, I sat in the dark for a few minutes. I thought how bizarre that I would actually have breast cancer. How weird is that! If it weren’t for the fact that my breast throbs now and again and that you can see and feel the tumor, I feel exactly like normal, energetic Debbie. People with a cold look and feel worse than I feel with cancer. It just really feels rather unreal.

The appointment was at 3:15. My husband and I sat in the room waiting for the doctor until 4:30. It was hard to wait; however, I appreciate the fact that he is a doctor who gives his patients quality attention. I knew that I would get quality attention from him as well when he finally entered the room.

I am most grateful to say that we received very good news. One of my lymph nodes has a 9 mm inflammation – a little smaller than the size of a penny. It could be an inflammation only. It might be a benign tumor. It could be malignant. Unless he did a biopsy, we may never know. It doesn’t matter though as the chemo will help take care of that. The pathology report states: “9 mm indeterminate lymph node left lower axilla just lateral of the breast mass.” Check out the following picture at this link. I am guessing that the lymph node that is at risk is labeled with the letter B.

http://www.breastcancer.org/pictures/breast_anatomy/axillary_lymph_nodes.jsp

Other than that, the cancer is confined to that 3×5 inch tumor on the left side of my left breast. The pathology report measures it to be “4.3×2.4 cm irregular soft issue mass within the lateral left breast.”

My heart is strong. My bones are good.

I do have a small irregularity on my left knee; however, it is probably nothing to be concerned about. My oncologist doesn’t feel it is anything to worry about.

I do have a rather large fibroid in my uterus. I had a bunch of small fibroid tumors surgically removed from my uterine lining back in 1996. They were benign. This fibroid is also benign. I may look into the possibility of getting it removed as well. It is nothing to cause much concern. It probably is why I have had trouble urinating at times. The pathology report states “markedly enlarged fibroid uterus which extrinsically deforms the bladder.”

So this is a two on a one-to-ten rating scale of something to draw my concern. The fantastic news is that God has worked his fourth miracle. The breast cancer is confined to my left breast and one lymph node only. Woo-hoo! My husband and I are thrilled.

In case you’ve forgotten, the previous three miracles were:

1. The second marble-sized tumor I thought I had found on the 21st of January was simply scar tissue from my biopsy.

2. The 3×5 inch tumor had not grown any bigger since Dec. 28th.

3. The 3×5 inch tumor that was formerly entrenched was now mobile. It is not in my muscles or tissues. That was the best news of all.

My first chemo session starts Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. The nurse showed us the room. It is a large room filled with very comfy-looking recliner chairs. There is an outlet by each chair so that a DVD player can be plugged in.

I do 8 rounds of chemo every 21 days. So if I calculated my appointments correctly, my last chemo session will be on July 1st. Then my breast will be allowed to rest for a while prior to having a Mastectomy. I am guessing this will happen later in July or early in August. Following that, I will go through a chemo-radiation cocktail for whatever time period is necessary. That will be rounded out by 5 years of the low-dosage chemo tablet.

I attended my first cancer support group tonight. Only one woman had breast cancer. The other people were either caregivers or people with other forms of cancer. They were absolutely lovely. We had a musical program which is rare. Then we had snacks and sat around and talked. Everybody shared their story. They answered my questions and gave me several suggestions to consider.

One suggestion that was rather interesting was that if I eat using plastic cutlery rather than regular silverware, I might have a better chance of tasting my food. Another woman stated that she found she found chemo easier to go through when she drank a large amount of water the day before, the day of, and the day after having chemo. Some people reported that they didn’t have any problem tasting food. Some did not lose their hair. Many others did. The main point they made is that you could have two people with the same diagnosis, the same medications, the same everything; however, due to the fact that each of their bodies has a different chemical make-up, their experience is markedly different.

I am so grateful to God, my husband, and family, my friends, and all the wonderful people who have been praying for me. Obviously, those prayers are creating positive results. Thank you to one and all.

With so much love and gratitude,
Healing Seeker aka Debbie

1 February 2010

I must admit, I had been as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof prior to my oncology appointment. This afternoon was the day I was to find out whether the cancer in my body is contained only in my breasts or had spread. I can’t imagine why my blood pressure was pretty high. Can you? Smile.

Last night, I sat in the dark for a few minutes. I thought how bizarre that I would actually have breast cancer. How weird is that! If it weren’t for the fact that my breast throbs now and again and that you can see and feel the tumor, I feel exactly like normal, energetic Debbie. People with a cold look and feel worse than I feel with cancer. It just really feels rather unreal.

The appointment was at 3:15. My husband and I sat in the room waiting for the doctor until 4:30. It was hard to wait; however, I appreciate the fact that he is a doctor who gives his patients quality attention. I knew that I would get quality attention from him as well when he finally entered the room.

I am most grateful to say that we received very good news. One of my lymph nodes has a 9 mm inflammation – a little smaller than the size of a penny. It could be an inflammation only. It might be a benign tumor. It could be malignant. Unless he did a biopsy, we may never know. It doesn’t matter though as the chemo will help take care of that. The pathology report states: “9 mm indeterminate lymph node left lower axilla just lateral of the breast mass.” Check out the following picture at this link. I am guessing that the lymph node that is at risk is labeled with the letter B.

http://www.breastcancer.org/pictures/breast_anatomy/axillary_lymph_nodes.jsp

Other than that, the cancer is confined to that 3×5 inch tumor on the left side of my left breast. The pathology report measures it to be “4.3×2.4 cm irregular soft issue mass within the lateral left breast.”

My heart is strong. My bones are good.

I do have a small irregularity on my left knee; however, it is probably nothing to be concerned about. My oncologist doesn’t feel it is anything to worry about.

I do have a rather large fibroid in my uterus. I had a bunch of small fibroid tumors surgically removed from my uterine lining back in 1996. They were benign. This fibroid is also benign. I may look into the possibility of getting it removed as well. It is nothing to cause much concern. It probably is why I have had trouble urinating at times. The pathology report states “markedly enlarged fibroid uterus which extrinsically deforms the bladder.”

So this is a two on a one-to-ten rating scale of something to draw my concern. The fantastic news is that God has worked his fourth miracle. The breast cancer is confined to my left breast and one lymph node only. Woo-hoo! My husband and I are thrilled.

In case you’ve forgotten, the previous three miracles were:

1. The second marble-sized tumor I thought I had found on the 21st of January was simply scar tissue from my biopsy.

2. The 3×5 inch tumor had not grown any bigger since Dec. 28th.

3. The 3×5 inch tumor that was formerly entrenched was now mobile. It is not in my muscles or tissues. That was the best news of all.

My first chemo session starts Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. The nurse showed us the room. It is a large room filled with very comfy-looking recliner chairs. There is an outlet by each chair so that a DVD player can be plugged in.

I do 8 rounds of chemo every 21 days. So if I calculated my appointments correctly, my last chemo session will be on July 1st. Then my breast will be allowed to rest for a while prior to having a Mastectomy. I am guessing this will happen later in July or early in August. Following that, I will go through a chemo-radiation cocktail for whatever time period is necessary. That will be rounded out by 5 years of the low-dosage chemo tablet.

I attended my first cancer support group tonight. Only one woman had breast cancer. The other people were either caregivers or people with other forms of cancer. They were absolutely lovely. We had a musical program which is rare. Then we had snacks and sat around and talked. Everybody shared their story. They answered my questions and gave me several suggestions to consider.

One suggestion that was rather interesting was that if I eat using plastic cutlery rather than regular silverware, I might have a better chance of tasting my food. Another woman stated that she found she found chemo easier to go through when she drank a large amount of water the day before, the day of, and the day after having chemo. Some people reported that they didn’t have any problem tasting food. Some did not lose their hair. Many others did. The main point they made is that you could have two people with the same diagnosis, the same medications, the same everything; however, due to the fact that each of their bodies has a different chemical make-up, their experience is markedly different.

I am so grateful to God, my husband, and family, my friends, and all the wonderful people who have been praying for me. Obviously, those prayers are creating positive results. Thank you to one and all.

With so much love and gratitude,

Healing Seeker aka Debbie


Responses

  1. So glad you’re seeking support…it’s important to express how you’re feeling with others who can understand. Stay strong!

  2. Thanks so much for the positive words! Have a great day!


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