Monday, April 6, 2015

And then there was breast cancer...

Last week, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma. The words spill out easy, but they're a lot harder to take in. Let me ease your mind. 

  • It's stage one. Very treatable!
  • I have great doctors and an amazing support system!
  • If God has allowed this, He will see me through it. I have no doubt!

Now let me back up. 

I had a mammogram in February that showed a suspicious mass. The nurses told me not to worry, "This might just be something you've had all along." I've only ever had one other mammogram. I'm 41 years old. I figured it would turn out to be nothing -- just another expensive medical bill I'd grumble about paying. We waited for the hospital to receive copies of last year's scans. It took two weeks.

I had a second mammogram in March. This revealed the mass was something new that had developed during the last year. They said I needed an immediate ultrasound, and I was stuck there for three hours. "I have places to be," I said. "Are you done yet?"

A few days later I got the call that I needed to see a surgeon to discuss the mass and have a biopsy. I learned that I have a 7mm x 7mm x 6mm spiculated mass (imagine an ugly Skittle with spiky legs) which had a 95% likelihood of being malignant. They scheduled a core needle biopsy for the following week, and that revealed I did indeed have a cancerous tumor.

I got the official news very late on April Fool's Day. And I do feel a bit foolish for taking all their suspicions so casually and being arrogant enough to assume something like this would never happen to me.

So the journey begins. 

We will keep you informed on this blog and post prayer requests. My next appointment (at which we'll discuss treatment options) is tomorrow, April 7.

Prayer requests for tonight:
  • That the cancer hasn't spread beyond tumor... at all. Period.
  • That I can get all my records tomorrow so I can schedule a second opinion appointment at Emory.  
  • That God would continue to fill me with peace and joy amidst this trial.

Goodnight, friends, and thank you!

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33


  1. Praying for you, your family and all the care givers that will serve your during this time.

  2. Emily- I am so impressed with how you are handling this but not at all surprised. You have always faced challenges head on with determination and purpose. Your strong faith has and will always get you through. I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.- Michelle

  3. Love you Em!!! Praying for you always!! ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Thank you for your prayers everyone!

  5. Do you know of anybody with breast cancer? A family member, a friend, an associate or - you? Terrence Scamp