When we heard the results this morning, Drew and I surprisingly felt a sense of peace. Of course, this is very sad news and we know it will be a tough road ahead of us, but we can, with God's help, get through this. Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated.
Our next step will be to meet with the Breast Surgeon tomorrow morning at 11am. We are hoping to find more answers then. The Breast Surgeon is the central point of contact for the treatment team. I am sure we will have a ton of doctor's appointments over the coming weeks so that we can find out more about this cancer and the treatment plan. The next step will be for the surgeon to schedule a PET CT so that we can find out whether this is contained to the breast area or not. We are really praying that it is contained, but we know that this is typically a very aggressive cancer in young women. Especially considering how quickly it has progressed in my body. Once we have those results, I am sure we will be referred to an oncologist so we can create the treatment plan. We're not sure if I will need to begin chemotherapy or radiation therapy right away or if I will have surgery first. We are pretty certain that the treatment will involve a mastectomy of the left breast, but are uncertain at which point in time that will happen.
I am in business mode right now--let's get this taken care of! I am ready to move forward and past this and hope that this will be all in the the past very soon. We have so many decisions ahead of us. For those of you who wish to follow our journey, I will be documenting it here. Again, we would REALLY appreciate your prayers, because we believe in the power of prayer. Here are our requests today:
- That the cancer is contained to the breast area and has not spread to ANY other organ.
- That the treatment team is the best possible for my specific cancer. If we need to travel to get that best treatment, we are willing.
- That I can get all of my appointments scheduled just as quickly as possible so we can treat this rapidly.
- That the prognosis is excellent.
- That our children are not negatively affected by the emotions of all of this. Also, that we will be able to take care of them easily.
- That I will be as healthy as possible through all this. I currently have bronchitis and it is difficult to breath. I feel very weak, lightheaded and dizzy, and I am hoping this will all pass when the bronchitis passes.
- That Abbey can start more easily drinking formula. She is now doing pretty well drinking breastmilk out of the sippy cup, but knows when we try to sneak the formula in. We are starting to be able to get the mix of breastmilk and formula down her. However, with my need to discontinue lactation, the supply is getting low.
- I have a strong desire to survive this. I want to be here for my husband and children for a really long time!
- And lastly, that I find time to visit my family in between treatments. I really miss them.