So, it’s finally here!
The big week. Breast Cancer BE GONE!
One of my dearest friends texted me this morning to ask how I was feeling. My answer, READY!
What does this week look like and how can you pray?
(Because so many of you and your friends and your churches have been praying and it has been an absolute balm to us all! In fact, if you or your bible study/church are praying somewhere outside of Texas, would you drop a note in FB/IG/blog comments. My kids think it is incredible that we have people praying ALL OVER the country!)
Number 1 – clean COVID test.
Today, I go in to meet with my oncological surgeon. I had a great meeting with my plastic surgeon last week. I love the experienced all female team I have. Because honestly, when you have to keep taking your top off, it’s nice to have an all female team. I’ll do some labs and Xrays today, but TOMORROW I have the COVID test.
As you know, the entire family caught COVID despite our lock down, EXCEPT FOR ME! I don’t even know. You prayer warriors! No surgery though unless that final test is negative.
Number 2 – the surgery on Thursday.
After they place the seed and inject dye into my right breast on Wednesday, I’ll be ready for surgery Thursday. We do not yet know a time. I’ll update you when I know. There’s a few pieces of this request.
One, this is the first surgery I’ve ever gone to without Bray there right next to me until they wheel me in. He can’t even come into the building. It’s hard on us both. But I’ve gotten pretty weepy about it lately.
Then the surgery itself. The plastic surgeon will make the incisions on both breasts, they will be taking some tissue from my left breast to replace the removed part of my right breast. Then the oncological surgeon comes in, takes out the tumor (YEA!) and surrounding tissue and removes some lymphodes to test. Pray the tumor has not grown and can be cleanly removed. Then the plastic surgeon will come in and fix up the breast and perk them both up a little, an unexpected silver lining in all this.
Number 3 – Smooth recovery.
She said it’s a fairly easy recovery. I will have a drain in my right breast for a week which will be a pain but we’re praying for no complications from the surgery.
Number 4 – The test results.
Once we get past February 4th we are praying for two things specifically so that I do not have to go through four months of chemotherapy. First, they do not believe there is cancer in my lymphnodes and the lab will need to confirm. C’mon lymphnodes, do your good thing!
Next, I’m having a genomic test to evaluate the reproductive rate of the cancer. It tells us the likelihood of me having “distant” cancer (e.g., cancer that crops up somewhere else). If it’s low, I can go straight to my four weeks of radiation. If it’s medium to high, I will need to go through chemo to protect my body from other cancer. We will do everything we need to in order to keep me around, and yet I would love to be able to go straight to radiation instead of both.
Number 5 – A late add. My best friend’s arrival.
My best friend is scheduled to fly in from Minnesota on February 11th. Y’all, I really need her right now. In person. Would you please pray for health for her and her whole family so she and her daughter can come? We have a house reserved in Galveston for the weekend for us to just sit on the beach and be together for three days. We both are in need of this time.
I don’t know what I would do without this incredible community. I have a post I need to publish about all God has taught me about receiving in this season. We have been overwhelmed by your love and support and these tangible displays of provision. Thank you. Now, we really just ask for prayer.
If you’re going through a hard season right now, drop a comment or an email, I’d be honored to pray for you. It’s really hard to pray for myself right now, so I’d love to be able to pray for you.
Here we go!