So the last couple of weeks have been some of the craziest of my life. I wanted to take a minute though and give all of you and update on where things stand with my breast cancer. First though I want to thank each and every one of you for you kind words and prayers that have been said on my behalf. I have definitely felt the love from all of you. So the first big thing that has happened it that I was accepted to medicaid. I can not tell you what a huge relief it is to know that everything will be taken care of. I have no idea how we would have made it work other wise. Tyler and I sat around and talked about how we would file for bankruptcy and move to Montana and live in my parents basement. I wouldn't mind living close to my parents, but I am glad we don't have to file bankruptcy to make that happen. Other things that have happened is a million phone calls and Dr. appt. scheduling. I am SOO grateful for the amazing people that have been helping me with all of this stuff. It has been so overwhelming even with their help, that I do not know what I would do if I didn't have them to guide me through the process and help me get to where I need to go.
The first Dr. appt. I had was with the surgeon. We just met him and kind of talked about the route we want to take and what my options are. Since we caught it so early, I have opted to just do a lumpectomy instead of a full mastectomy. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday November 20th. Yesterday I went and met with the radiologist, who just kind of explained all of that to me and what to expect. He will give me a 3-4 week recovery period after surgery and then I will start radiation therapy. I will have to do that for 6 weeks, 5 days a week. That is going to be a long process, but we will do whatever we can to get through this.
Today I go in for an MRI so they can get a closer look at the rest of my breast tissue and make sure there are no other smaller lumps hiding in there. If on the off chance there are a lot of other lumps in there, we will then have to go the mastectomy route. I am really hoping that is not the case.
On Monday I go in to see the oncologist. I am not exactly sure what he will be doing yet, but I have heard that I will have to take medicine after this is all said and done to keep the cancer from returning. The oncologist is the one that will work with me on that. After the oncologist I go back to the surgeon for a pre-op appointment and get all the details set for surgery the following morning.
It has been a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions, but I am just glad to be getting going on things so we can get over this hurdle.
As far as the whole weight loss goes, I have been TERRIBLE!! I have totally been using food as a comfort and numbing tool lately and it has not been good at all. I really do not want to waste all the hard work I have put into this journey thus far. I hope I can just come to grips with things and stop the emotionally eating soon. On that note, I will close, because I need to go and pull out the chocolate chip pumpkin bread I have cooking right now. Ha!
I will update again when I know more. Thanks again so much to all of you for all you have done for me and my family. We all really truly appreciate all you do. We have the best friends and family. Love you all!!