Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cancer Has Its Perks

If you've known me more than five minutes, you know I'll search for a bright side to just about anything. Today I learned cancer has its perks. Believe me, I'd rather have no cancer, no perks. But if we have to do this, I'm glad there are a few benefits.

Perk #1: I'm a VIP now. Very Important Patient. Doctors take their time with me. Their staff coordinates all my care. I just show up and people stop what they're doing to help. People hug me and tell me I'm the boss.

Perk #2: I get a daily delight! My personal "Nurse Navigator" (see, I am a VIP!)  told me to find some way to delight myself every single day. This is scary and I need to treat myself, she said. I'm thinking this lady has no idea how far I'm gonna take this. NO IDEA! I'm the girl who has a birthday MONTH. I could feel my lips curl into a smile, and I could hear Tony's wallet slide deeper into his pocket... YES!

Perk #3: I have an army of prayer warriors. You guys have been absolutely amazing! If God could get sick of hearing someone's name (He can't, it's not in His character), He would surely get sick of hearing mine. Today my friends prayed away a migraine. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, friends!

So here's the latest update:
There's still a lot that needs to happen. We don't know whether it has spread into my lymph nodes or whether the other breast is showing signs of any suspicious activity. This could upgrade the stage of my cancer. (Upgrade = It's worse.) We do know I have the invasive kind of ductal carcinoma and a little of the "in SITU" kind, too. The cancer cells are estrogen and progesterone receptor positive (which opens me up to hormone therapy), and the cells are "fast dividers." All treatment options are on the table: lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, and chemo. The results of my upcoming tests will guide us in making our decisions. [Here's where it gets complicated: Northeast Georgia has scheduled an MRI and biopsy for April 21 and April 22. However, Emory will require their own MRI (they're too cool to accept anyone else's) so I need to make a decision as to who will continue my care, and for God's sake, I need an appointment at Emory! By the way, your prayers were answered that I was able to obtain all my records and discs today so an appointment should be forthcoming.]

Is your head spinning? Mine was. I took a nap and woke up thinking today was all a dream. Damn. It wasn't! (I've also learned cancer make me cuss. Sorry/Not sorry.)

Prayer requests for the next few days:

  • That my HER2 test results come back quickly. (If it's positive, the treatment is very effective, but I'll need chemo... the hair-falling-out kind.) 
  • For clarity in making a decision of which hospital and which doctor we should choose.
  • That Dr. Styblo at Emory is able to see me soon for a second opinion. 
  • That an MRI and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy can be quickly scheduled at Emory if Dr. Styblo agrees they're needed. (But why wouldn't she?!)

I'm off to find a second daily delight. I decided today calls for two. 

Keep praying. God is so good!

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10


  1. I've just asked all the peepers in the yard to pray for you along with me and guess what? They are peeping and singing loudly! I love you!

  2. Thank you so much Michele! That means the world to me! I love you!