Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mammogram Results

I went for my mammogram yesterday and have to admit that I was very nervous.  I asked them if Tom could join me back in the waiting area for the mammograms and they said no so he had to wait out in the big waiting room.  I would have liked the moral support  but I was really glad he was there in the building anyway.  Last time they did my mammogram (almost exactly a year ago) I went alone and they did a mammogram, sonogram, and then proceeded to do the biopsy immediately.  I was alone and felt very alone throughout it.  This time I took moral support with me.  8-)

This time they did the mammogram and several magnified shots of the right breast that had previously been diagnosed with cancer and then told me that they were going to have the doctor look at them immediately so I wouldn't have to wait for the results.  I asked the technician if Dr. Gwaltney was there and if she could read them and she said that yes she was and she would specifically take the views to her to read.  Then Dr. Gwaltney came out to talk to me and let me know that it was all good and that there wasn't anything to worry about in either breast at this time.  She gave me a big old hug...she is such a sweetie.  Dr. Gwaltney was the one that did the biopsy last year and the one that called me with the bad news that it was Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  Well, it looks like we've conquered that beast...Praising God continuously for this good news.  8-)

It is nice for a change to have good news to report. I am sure it is because of all your prayers.  I can't thank you all enough for being on this journey with me and for your steadfast prayers.  We are now on the other side of that trial.

I just got back from seeing Dr. Sheppard (my surgeon...everyone should have their very own and he has done a biopsy on the skin thing that I have going on.  He says we should have results on that by Friday.  I'll let you know how that turns out probably Friday or Saturday depending on what time I get the news.

Here is a good Max for today...

"In Transit

By Max Lucado

“Our homeland is in heaven, and we are waiting for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come from heaven.” Philippians 3:20

You’ve seen people treat this world like it was a permanent home. It’s not. You've seen people pour time and energy into life like it will last forever. It won’t. You’ve seen people so proud of what they have done, that they hope they will never have to leave—they will.

We all will. We are in transit."

By Grace Alone -


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dr. Visit

And the winner is... least that is what the doctor thinks it is.  (I had pretty much diagnosed it the same.)  He has scheduled a biopsy for next Wednesday with my favorite surgeon.  He wanted to set me up with a plastic surgeon but Dr. Sheppard did such a great job with my other incisions that I want him to do this one also.  Dr. Waples agreed that he would be a good pick for this.  (Why would I want to add ANOTHER doctor to my seemingly endless string of doctors?)

He also set me up with a mammogram (which was originally scheduled for the 20th of July but I missed...oops) and he got really creative and also set me up for my first colonoscopy.  I had one of those set up when we lived in Florida but we were in the middle of moving to Alabama so I had canceled it.  Honestly, I've been avoiding it like the plague.  I hear the prep for it is horrendous.  Ah well, I can't get out of that one now.  Apparently, my oncologist keeps up with all of these kinds of cancer screening tests.  O Joy.  My bloodwork came out good enough.  My white and red cells are on the lowest side of normal but they ARE within the normal range so I feel good about that.  Dr. Waples said my body is still in recovery so don't be expecting miracles just yet.  Whatever...I believe in miracles so I will continue to expect them.  8-)

So now you have the rest of the story for what it's worth...

Because God is who He is, I am not worried about this new twist in my is some Max for you that reminds us that God is there through all our storms.

"I Am Who I Am

By Max Lucado

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27 NASB

Waves slapping his waist and rain stinging his face, Jesus speaks to [the disciples] at once. “Courage! I am! Don’t be afraid!”

Speaking from a burning bush to a knee-knocking Moses, God announced, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14 NASB).

God gets into things! Red Seas, Judean wildernesses, weddings, funerals, and Galilean tempests. Look and you’ll find what everyone from Moses to Martha discovered. God is in the middle of our storms."

By Grace Alone -