Hi All! Thank you all so much for all of your thoughts, prayers, kind notes, and your gifts of time and support. It brings tears of joy to my eyes everytime I look at this site and read through all of your loving words of encouragement and all of your offerings to help us through this. From the very bottom of my heart I thank you. I finished my first round of Chemo today! Matt and I were at the doctor's office from 9am to a little before 4. Woo hoo! 1 down, 5 to go! I learned a lot about what to eat, what to drink and what to do to keep myself healthy. I will fill you in on all that awesome stuff later. Love you all! LASER
Hi Everyone: Thank you all so much for all of your prayers and support during the last few weeks. I know it might sound silly, but I TRULY have felt your prayers and God has blessed me TREMENDOUSLY. I will try to explain how the last week has played out as best as I can. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on August 22nd. I met with my surgeon on Aug 25th and made a plan to complete a lumpectomy and biopsy on lymph nodes. On August 28th I met with my oncologist for the first time. At that time she explained the extent of my cancer to me. It was then that we learned I would definitely need chemotherapy in addition to surgery and radiation or hormone therapy. That was difficult news to take, because up until that point I was under the impression that the cancer was found early enough for a quick fix. My oncologist, Dr. Mayer, ordered an MRI in order to more thoroughly analyze both breasts, due to my young age (young for cancer). She also ordered an additional ultra sound to get a look at my lymph nodes before surgery to make sure we were doing the least invasive procedure. Last Thursday night (on the eve of surgery) I had an MRI completed and the morning of surgery I had an ultra sound of the lymph nodes. That morning I learned that the cancer is isolated. There is only one tumor in my left breast and my right breast is all clear. Surgery last Friday went well. Dr. Libke, my surgeon, removed 2 lymph nodes located by four shots of radiation. (Those shots were a ton of fun!!) He also placed a port under my collar bone on my right side for chemotherapy. The lumpectomy was postponed in order for me to make a more informed decision on what type of surgery will be best for me. Matt and I learned last night that my lymph nodes are ALL CLEAR, which means the cancer has NOT spread. WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!! Please join me in a short prayer of thanksgiving....Thank you, Dear Lord. We also learned that the cancer is ER/PR positive (the cancer will respond to hormone therapy and my survival % is increased significantly). Again--WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Another prayer.............. :) Today I had a heart ECHO and baseline bloodwork has been taken in order for Dr. Mayer to monitor me throughout the chemo process. I also had the bloodwork drawn for the genetic test that will tell me whether or not I have the gene for breast cancer. That information will be back in about a month and will help Matt and I in deciding what type of removal surgery will be best for me. I will begin chemotherapy next Thursday and will finish the last week of December. I will have a total of 6 chemo treatments. After chemo I will have surgery, then either radiation or hormone therapy. I know that the road will be long, but I feel so blessed to have the most AMAZING husband, family and friends. God has been good and continues to bless me everyday with your love. Thank you all so very much for all of your love, support and prayers. Please continue prayers for my health and strength in this fight against cancer. Please know that I thank God everyday for all of you. Love, Tricia aka LASER (For those of you that don't know, LASER is my warrior name hee hee)
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this was a direct blog while Tricia was undergoing cancer treatments.