Monday, April 27, 2015

Surgery Has Been Scheduled!

Does anyone else feel like this whole process is taking forever? FOR-EV-ER. Let me share the details that I have today with the major caveat that this, too, could change. 

A partial mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and reconstructive surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 13. All in one, big surgical extravaganza. I have to check-in at Emory University Hospital at 7:30 a.m. and they'll begin with injecting blue dye near the tumor and they'll watch where it goes. (Later, they'll remove those sentinel lymph nodes.) At 11:30 a.m., I'll actually go into surgery with Dr. Styblo and Dr. Losken. The whole shebang will take several hours. Party on.

Here's the caveat: If my genetic tests come back BRCA positive, I will have a double mastectomy. We'll know this lovely detail in about a week. Two weeks tops. So, the plan above is the plan unless the plan has to change. (By the way, I wanted my surgery on May 6, but one of my doctors is on vacation that week. I find that amusing. Really. I hope he has fun and comes back refreshed and ready to give me the greatest new set my insurance dollars can buy.)

Prayer requests:

  • No genetic mutations please! But if there is one, Lord, let them find it.
  • For the kids as they finish the last month of school. At first, it was fun to have babysitters every day and a change in our routine. Now it's getting old. And it's just beginning. My prayer isn't that this time would be easy. My prayer is that they would adapt and rise up to meet their new circumstances... and grow into strong adults. Life isn't easy. This is a great chance to practice how to cope. Pray for their growth.
  • We have a stack of bills we jokingly call the "come and get me" pile. They're the ones that just aren't getting paid as soon as we would like. Our prayer is for peace and God's provision. Cancer is expensive!
Thank you for your continued prayers and love. You make my day, every day.


"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26

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