A journal of my experiences with breast cancer to inform those who are interested and to help any one else who might have just been diagnosed.

“[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Friday, December 14, 2012

Decision Made with Surgeon

My fortune from a Japanese restaurant fortune cookie.
After much prayerful thought, we have decided to do the lumpectomy. It will probably be scheduled for Thursday, January 3. It is an outpatient procedure. They will inject the area near the lump with radioactive material (just like the lymph node removal) and then insert a wire into the area, using a sonogram to determine the exact location of the tumor. With these two methods, the surgeon will locate the mass and take it and a bit of the tissue around it and remove it. This will be sent to the lab to determine if there are any cancerous cells around the margin of the tissue she removed. If there are any, she will have to go back in to remove more tissue in the area the cells were found. If no cells around the margins, we can move on to the next phase of treatment.
(On a happy note, I have lost nearly 30 pounds.)
I think we can now take a breath and enjoy the Christmas and New Year's season.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
-Phil. 4:6,7

Please keep us all in your prayers.


  1. Praying for you and your family. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. I am glad you have made a decision. I know many who have had just this procedure done with very good results. We continue to pray.

  3. My best friend's mother had the same procedure done and it was very successful.

  4. We will be praying!! And congrats on the weight loss - and seeing the positive in what I know has to be a very draining situation, but I love knowing that you are trying to look for the positives :) You make me smile!