Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Change of plans!

Well, today I was supposed start my chemo at 9 45 am. We (Andrew & I) got there to start and waited for quite a while to even be looked at by a nurse. They did my blood counts & everything was good (white blood cells a little low, but not enough to stop anything). Then Dr. M examined me to find the new lump. He manipulated the area & couldn't find anything. I asked him what that meant - he says there's a 70-80% chance that what I felt was just scar tissue that was inflamed from pregnancy hormones. It could still be cancer, but even if it is the course of action will not change. To ensure that there hasn't been any spreading of the cancer, tomorrow I have a PET scan. Then I will start my chemo on Friday. The PET scan means that I won't be going to Houston. The reasoning is this - the PET scan will tell us if the cancer has spread. The tests they're wanting to run in Houston will just tell me if the new lump is cancerous or not. It won't tell me anything about whether or not I have cancer elsewhere. I'd rather know that the cancer is isolated than just have an answer if the one lump I felt is/was cancer.

Thank you for all the prayers & thoughts!

6 comments:

Birgit J said...

My personal take on this incident is that the lump disappeared after all of the prayers that stormed Heaven on your behalf! I am so happy that this was the outcome for today. Have a great evening -- I love you bunches!

Anonymous said...

Hi Erika -

Hang in there. I know it's absolutely, totally rough on you right now. At one point in time, when Jaclyn was on chemo and Jordan had one of his eyes patched, I couldn't handle it anymore. Grandmamma Jones told told me that God never gives us anything we can't handle. I told her I'd talked to him but he wasn't listening - would she try. And, I like what your mom said - prayers stormed the Heavens and the lump disappeared.

Anne

Erika said...

Thanks!

Janine said...

Wow, Erika...so glad it seems to have "disappeared." Hope it stays that way. As always, you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there kiddo. So relieved to hear it is gone! You have 2 beautiful little angels watching out for you now too. Congratulations!!!
Daniel

Wendy said...

Erika-

I have been following your progress for quite some time now. You have shown such tremoudous strength through this all and have always given God his glory. Well girl, I think God has just shown you and everyone else just how great he is. Hang in there.
~Wendy (State Medical Examiner's Office)

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