DCIS over and out?

Had my surgery this past Tuesday the 16th. Felt more pain this time around. I am hoping to get some results today. I am going to see my hematologist today as well. See what she advises. I really think that the extra white blood cells helped me feel better this time around, though today I am feeling achy and slightly nauseated. This too shall pass. I have faith and I’ve been through this before.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think I have made it through and now looking forward to recovery. I want to be more active in 2015 since the DCIS slowed me down for the past 3 months. I will come back with a vengeance and compete more in 2015 God willing.

I want to thank all my family, friends and acquaintances who prayed for me during this cancer period of my life. I feel so blessed to be uplifted during DCIS. Cancer ain’t got nothing on God. God is so good. Merry Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving

I have been silent for a while. Life has been okay and I have been working through the discomfort I have been feeling. I don’t know if the yuckiness is from left over infection or side effects of the antibiotics. I will have to wait to see.

I am thankful today for being able to share Thanksgiving with my family. I am thankful for my improving health. I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband and caring daughter. My dogs are awesome. I have a great job doing what I love. I am thankful that I have God to share my burdens and I am never alone. Life is good.

I have a goal to complete (whether I feel good or not) of running/biking/walking through 2000 miles this year. I thought I would blow this goal away prior to biopsies and surgeries. I have less than 150 miles to go and two weeks to complete them before my DCIS surgery. I am praying that I can do this with God’s help. My goal for next year is 3000 miles and to run Beach to Bay, ride Conquer the Coast and as many 5K and 10K races that I can. I will be in beast mode and beat this whole health issues I have had to deal with. God is greater and I put my faith in Him.

God news and Bad news

Whew! What a roller coaster ride with this Ductal Carcinoma In Situ has been. First I’d like to glorify my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ for keeping me in his protection. I got the call yesterday about my biopsy results. Good news, they said it was a fibroid and benign. Yay!!! Great news. But, (yeah but) the Radiological Doctor felt that the results were not congruous with what the MRI was showing, so I need to have that part surgically removed to be sure. Okay, I am human so I am going to vent here. I just had a biopsy that did not confirm or deny anything?!?!¬† This procedure was for nothing because of error?!?! Just set up the surgery already and get it over with. Feeling better now that I got that off my chest.

The good news, the genetic test for cancer predictability is a go. The testing site called me today and said that my insurance would cover 80% and I would be responsible for $775 (20%). Wait, hold on, what? Then she said that I qualified for financial assistance to conduct the test and that I would owe $0. Praise God. That was a a load off me and my family. Now the wait. The test takes 14 days, then my radiation oncologist will call me to talk about the results. This will indicate whether I need radiation or not. Super happy about this. God is good in helping me by providing the resources needed during this delicate time.

Another good news is that my surgeon is looking at surgery in 3 weeks. It seems that the bleeding issue I had yesterday would cause a large hematoma. He wants to wait for the bruising to come out before cutting in me again. Yippee! That will put the surgery near Thanksgiving so I will have that week to heal.

Besides the rant on human error, I am thankful that I am able to share my journey during this difficult time. My family has been super supportive and my friends have been wonderful. I praise God for another day and another opportunity to continue His work. Life is good. God bless.

Great news from the Radiation Oncologist

Praise God, thank you Jesus. The type of cancer I have been diagnosed with is Ductal Carcinomo In situ (DCIS). This means that this cancer is contained in one tumor area. It is just beginning and has not invaded any other tissue. Cancer is not good news by any means, but out of the spectrum of cancers I could have, I’ll take this one. If nothing was done, I would have an increased chance of developing full blown breast cancer in 5 to 10 years.

I am a proactive individual who prefers to ere on the side of caution. I am continuing forward with my next double biopsy and surgery. Radiation is now something to either to go through or not to go through. Dr. Thomson, at Precision Cancer Center, explained my options to me. There is now a test developed to see if I carry genetic markers that would increase my risk for developing more DCIS in the future. If I have low chance of re-occurrence, I will not go through with the radiation. Radiation, as I thought, is not good for the body.

Since radiation is accumulative, if I get this treatment, there is a greater risk of me developing radiation induced cancer 10+ years from now. Since I have been working very hard to be healthy and live a long fruitful life, that did not sound good to me. It will take about two weeks to get the results and I will let you know what my outcome was. I have told you, God is in control. I am going through this for a reason. I trust that I will be healed by the name of Jesus. All cancer will be rid from my body. And I sure as heck have not let the cancer invade my mind or spirit.

I encourage you to be proactive. Get your mammograms and detect early. This helps the prognosis to be better. Hopefully I will not have to endure radiation at this time. I have faith that God will give me the endurance to continue down any path he wants me to go through. Have  wonderful day and God bless.

God is not dead.

Wow! What a moving movie. We watched this one for church tonight and what a blessing. It really helped reinforce to me that we all have a purpose, whether good or bad experiences come our way, God has a higher purpose to use that experience to complete a mission.

I know God is not dead, but maybe through my breast cancer experience I can give hope to others. Sure this isn’t what I want to go through, but maybe I need to slow down and realize that God is more important than my mission to help children with emotional and behavioral problems. Maybe I’m looking too much at my work and not focusing in God.

Cancer is a sure fire way to slow me down. I am very hyper and have plenty of energy that I am always busy. Work, family, kid in taekwondo, swimming and then my own exercise – always going, going, going. Whoa April. Stop and take time to magnify your God.

Usually when I run and bike I talk with God. (Mind you, I do try to run or ride 50 to 60 miles a week.) It is my time alone to have a conversation. It’s usually the same answers. “Trust not on your own understand and trust in me to take care of things.” I hear ya Lord. I am your servant.

God is with me and I know I am doing God’s work. I know I have a Christian husband and daughter. I have my dream job of Master level psychologist with children. I am blessed, very blessed. I have family, friends, friends of friends and strangers that are acquaintances from Facebook games praying for my healing. I know everything is going to be fine without a shadow of doubt. The plans for my future are in God’s hands. I accept what He wants me to go through with the faith that I’m where I need to be. God is so good. I will serve The Lord where ever I am. God is alive in me! As for me and my home, we believe in the living God. God bless y’all.