Meanwhile we have been also fixing up the house with one project after another and throughly enjoying it. And watching Pam’s amazing garden grow and product a never ending supply of jalapeños, and some kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, carrots, lettuce, and collard greens.
And we’ve enjoyed some house guests recently and always have fun with the boys. It is such a delight to see them and spend time with them. It is really great to be able to drop by their place or have Kelly and Jon and the boys swing by for dinner or dessert or hang out time.
And we’ve been catching up on doctors appointments and such. One that we’ve been “getting around to” finally, was Pam’s yearly isn mammogram test. She got it scheduled for October 18 and things have been happening pretty quickly since then...
Rather than belabor the point -- testing (subsequent ultrasound then biopsy) confirmed she has breast cancer. Stage 1, estrogen positive, HER2 negative, invasive, ductal carcinoma.
Ugh. OK -- With that news though we have plenty of good news from the testing and are very encouraged by our hope of a successful outcome.
Here’s how we got here and where we are at the moment.
- Mammogram/results - Oct 18/21
- Ultrasound/results - Oct 23/24
- Biopsy/results - Oct 28/Nov 1
- Appointment with the surgeon - Nov 6
- Genetic Testing Appointment - Nov 7
- MRI appointment scheduled for - Nov 14
- Surgery date scheduled for - Nov 18
After surgery (lumpectomy and probable radiation), it will be sent off for further testing. There are a number of treatments possible with different chemo and depending on the risks, % and likelihood of re-occurrence, they may proceed with some kind of chemo.
If that occurs (and with the possible loss of hair) Pam adamantly let it be known she will not be wearing a wig. 🙂
How is Pam doing? She’s doing well and handling it all admirably. Kind of makes her head spin with the news and all the followup with the doctors and such. But she is positive her faith is strong. Still - this could kill you and something that will weigh on her I’m sure.
It’s a little weird being the object of other people’s concern, or sympathies (or whatever you call it). Sometimes it is very uncomfortable “being out there” but we have to remember to let other people help us even if we may not think we need it. It that makes any sense?
Our overall take is that God is merciful to us. Pam’s life/our life is in his hands. We don’t want to be over dramatic about this -- but this is serious stuff.
At the same time we are quick to remember so many people who have suffered greatly and for a long time with this disease. In that way it is far different for us.
We have much to be thankful for:
- Detected early
- Small (6mm)
- Slow growing
- Stage 1
- Not in her lympnodes or spread anywhere else
- Great care/top notch doctors and nurses
- We are not on the road RVing somewhere
- We are settled into a home base
- Have an excellent small 100 church (people or so) that is wonderful
- Surrounded by a supportive and helpful group of Christian friends
- Our daughter Kelly is right here and a big help
- Prognosis is very good.
- There are many treatment options vs “being a mystery or something they have never seen before...”
In summary, more camping adventures to Florida can wait. We cancelled our reservations at Fort Desoto and Key West. We need to be here this winter and take care of this. We have a terrific network of family, friends, neighbors, and church folks.
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner(less) Chronicles