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Knowing that the trial of your faith bringeth forth patience

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Results of Today’s Visit

Today has been a very long and very tiring day. This morning I had an appointment with the surgical oncologist in Columbus, Dr. Terando. We arrived at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza this morning to meet with my cancer doctor and find out more about the cancer I have. Everyone was so very nice!

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Gotta love those paper gowns! This was waiting on the medical team. And then there is the hubby with his ever present book.

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Dr. Terando examined the area on my neck and then proceeded to explain what would be happening. She said that my cancer is a stage 2A and that we still are unsure if it has spread to my lymph nodes or not. We will be getting a biopsy done on the Sentinel Lymphnodes to check for any cancer. At this point I have no swelling in my glands or lymphnodes so those are very good signs! I have been getting some headaches and getting dizzy quite frequently so she is going to send me to get an MRI/CT scan of my head to make sure there isn’t anything we are missing. She sent me for an EKG today too because my pulse and blood pressure were up, also did blood work and a chest X-ray to make sure there wasn’t anything there that we are missing.

So all in all if my lymphnodes come back negative I won’t need further treatment, if they come back positive then we will be discussing further treatment to get rid of the cancer.

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Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Was shocked to receive these flowers yesterday!

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Thank you to The Moonlighting Team (freelance work app)

The Joys of the Journey

Well since its after midnight I guess it’s today that I will be seeing the oncology surgeon at The James Cancer Center. I’m scared, nervous and weepy. As I held one of my daughters tonight and rocked her to sleep, I cried thinking of what the future holds for us as a family. I don’t understand why I’m going through this test but I know that if I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and remember He’s got a perfect plan, then I’ll come forth as Gold.

I know this is a short post but wanted to give a little update. Please continue to pray! Also on the blog is a page where you can find out how you can help us during  all of this.

All in the Journey

So it seems that in the Journey after the diagnosis, you dig, you learn, you grow, and you take hold of every ray of hope you can get. I have done some digging, learning and growing and I’m taking hold of hope! Yesterday I received my referral papers and appointment notice to see the oncology surgeon at OSU next week, and along with that came a brief summary of my diagnosis.

So in my reading, digging and learning I’ve found some facts about Malignant Melanoma that are very hopeful. I have a Clark’s Level IV Melanoma that was 2.10mm in thickness, that’s what was removed from my neck. What this means is that in fact I’m not at stage 4 which is awesome, it means that yes the cancer is there and it’s deep but it hasn’t (at least in that spot) reach the subcutaneous layers and blood stream. Now we still don’t know if it has reach my lymph system or my glands, that can only be determined with further testing. What we do however know is that it’s hopeful and looking good that we caught it in time.

This journey is one that leaves you feeling like you can conquer the world one day and the next you’re feeling like you’re barely holding on. If you know someone who is going through cancer why not send them a note of encouragement, a bright spot in their day. It’s rough not only on the person going thru it but also on their families and friends. They sometimes feel they have to keep a brave front going on and not let the world see how really scared they are, not let their family see the true fear that lies deep inside. It’s one thing for others to say just trust or have faith, when they’ve never faced those 3 scary words “You have cancer.” This is not to say we don’t appreciate all that those that are supporting us are saying it just means that you’ll have to understand when our human side overtakes us at times and causes fear and doubt to rise.

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