Posted by: healingseeker | November 7, 2010

Other than two flies in the ointment, I am fine

7 November 2010

The good news is that I completed my last radiation session on Friday, November 5th for breast cancer. Other than taking the low-dosage chemo tablet for five years, as far as I know, I am done with all treatments. I am grateful to be “in remission” aka cancer-free.

So what is the fly in the ointment? On November 4th, I went in for my monthly check-up to get my port flushed and to have my blood checked. The nurse practitioner noticed that on the bottom part of my right breast, there was a little “skin tag.” It looks like a small mole. If that has been there for a long time, then it is nothing to be concerned about. If it is new, then it MIGHT be something to be concerned about. My husband doesn’t recall it being there before. I can’t recall whether or not it has been there before. She and the oncologist did not recall it either. So in the interest of not taking any chances, I go to see my surgeon on November 30th to get it scraped off and biopsied. The only way to know whether or not it is cancer is to stick it under a microscope.

It unsettled me in the first few hours of hearing about this as I wanted to be truly done with all treatments. Little by little, I have been making my peace about it. If it is something, I might need a few more radiation treatments. If it is nothing, as I pray and hope will be the case, we will have the peace of mind of knowing that we have investigated anything suspicious to make certain I stay in the “healthy and whole” route all the way.

Also, they will send me to have a CT Scan and Bone Scan once the insurance company clears it to make certain that my body is now truly clear of all cancer cells.

I certainly hope this is the case as I have turned in my wig and packed away all scarves. I certainly do not want to have to dig any of those out again. I would appreciate all prayers that my body is truly clear.

The other fly in the ointment is that one of the women in my cancer support group is in the hospital right now. The type of cancer she had has now spread to her liver. Tragically, the only thing that they can do for her is to strive to manage the pain. Please say a prayer for her that she remains pain-free until God takes her home and that her husband will be okay. I have visited several times hoping and praying that she will rally and be healed. Sadly, the hospital apparently has no other treatment options they can provide other than pain management. It makes me feel so sad and helpless.

I am so grateful for all your love, prayers, and support. I feel fairly confident that the November 30th procedure will not turn up anything. I just wish that this woman in my group would be healed. If I feel this sad and I have only known her since February, I cannot even begin to imagine how her husband of 39 ½ years must be feeling. He told me the other day that she is his whole life. He tries really hard to be strong while sitting with her in the hospital and saving his tears for when he gets home. It is really sad. A few of us from the cancer support group have been visiting her and sharing updates. I just wish there was happier news to report.

Thank you again for being there for me. I hope you have a very happy week. I am looking forward to visiting my younger brother and his family this coming weekend while my second to the youngest niece celebrates her sixth birthday party. That will be lots of fun!

Much love and blessings to you all,

Healing Seeker aka Debbie

7 November 2010
The good news is that I completed my last radiation session on Friday, November 5th for breast cancer. Other than taking the low-dosage chemo tablet for five years, as far as I know, I am done with all treatments. I am grateful to be “in remission” aka cancer-free.
So what is the fly in the ointment? On November 4th, I went in for my monthly check-up to get my port flushed and to have my blood checked. The nurse practitioner noticed that on the bottom part of my right breast, there was a little “skin tag.” It looks like a small mole. If that has been there for a long time, then it is nothing to be concerned about. If it is new, then it MIGHT be something to be concerned about. My husband doesn’t recall it being there before. I can’t recall whether or not it has been there before. She and the oncologist did not recall it either. So in the interest of not taking any chances, I go to see my surgeon on November 30th to get it scraped off and biopsied. The only way to know whether or not it is cancer is to stick it under a microscope.
It unsettled me in the first few hours of hearing about this as I wanted to be truly done with all treatments. Little by little, I have been making my peace about it. If it is something, I might need a few more radiation treatments. If it is nothing, as I pray and hope will be the case, we will have the peace of mind of knowing that we have investigated anything suspicious to make certain I stay in the “healthy and whole” route all the way.
Also, they will send me to have a CT Scan and Bone Scan once the insurance company clears it to make certain that my body is now truly clear of all cancer cells.
I certainly hope this is the case as I have turned in my wig and packed away all scarves. I certainly do not want to have to dig any of those out again. I would appreciate all prayers that my body is truly clear.
The other fly in the ointment is that one of the women in my cancer support group is in the hospital right now. The type of cancer she had has now spread to her liver. Tragically, the only thing that they can do for her is to strive to manage the pain. Please say a prayer for her that she remains pain-free until God takes her home and that her husband will be okay. I have visited several times hoping and praying that she will rally and be healed. Sadly, the hospital apparently has no other treatment options they can provide other than pain management. It makes me feel so sad and helpless.
I am so grateful for all your love, prayers, and support. I feel fairly confident that the November 30th procedure will not turn up anything. I just wish that this woman in my group would be healed. If I feel this sad and I have only known her since February, I cannot even begin to imagine how her husband of 39 ½ years must be feeling. He told me the other day that she is his whole life. He tries really hard to be strong while sitting with her in the hospital and saving his tears for when he gets home. It is really sad. A few of us from the cancer support group have been visiting her and sharing updates. I just wish there was happier news to report.
Thank you again for being there for me. I hope you have a very happy week. I am looking forward to visiting my younger brother and his family this coming weekend while my second to the youngest niece celebrates her sixth birthday party. That will be lots of fun!
Much love and blessings to you all,
Healing Seeker aka Debbie

Responses

  1. Thanks, Ellen! You make some reassuring points!

  2. I just found your blog. As a fellow cancer survivor, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Also…Great Blog! You are a credit to the cancer blogging community. I have added you to my blogroll, “Cancer Blogs Lists” with over 1100 other personal cancer blogs at http://www.beingcancer.net, a cancer networking site featuring a cancer book club, guest blogs, cancer resources, reviews and more.
    If you have not visited before or recently, please stop by. If you agree that the site is a worthwhile resource for those affected by cancer, please consider adding Being Cancer Network to your own blogroll.
    Now that you are listed, you can expect to gain a wider audience for your thoughts and experiences. Being Cancer Network is a place to share and communicate.

    Take care, Dennis (beingcancer@att.net)

    • Thank you so much! I am honored by what you said. My prayers go out to you as well! I will indeed find a way to add your blog as a resource to others.


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