I have taken a break for a few weeks from posting because quite frankly, my heart wasn't in it anymore. Or at least the emotions I was feeling... only made me feel worse when I started to type.
I want to thank everyone full heartedly for your support and encouraging words for my family. I was so touched and proud that many of you visited my mother's Caring Bridge site and felt her encouraging wisdom and prayers as well. It is so comforting to hear the success stories of others whom have encountered cancer within their families. Everytime we hear someone say "I have been Cancer Free for 5 years!", what wonderful news!
Here is what we know regarding my mother's cancer:
This type of breast cancer is Duct Infiltrating Carcinoma. We were overjoyed to hear that the cancer was contained within left breast nodule only. There was no evidence that it had spread to her lymph nodes. Mom has been classified as Stage 1. What wonderful news that was for us!
My mother underwent a full mastectomy on her right side. They removed all the breast tissue and implanted a deflated saline implant. The plan is to slowly fill up the implant over a matter of several weeks to stretch the growing tissue/skin. This way in the future there will be enough breast tissue to support a full augmented implant.
She is feeling very optimistic about the recovery from this operation, however she is very apprehensive about the upcoming (unknown) chemotherapy treatment. Because of her age (49), the doctors said she will most definitely receive some type of chemo. Mom will be meeting with an oncologist in the near future to discuss the necessary plan of action. We have been told that she will more than likely need intraveinous chemo, and this part scares her greatly.
But over all, things have been looking up for us! THe train rolls on and we are just along for the ride. We have already begun to see the work that God has started from this experience. Many old relationships have been revived... but that is for another post. The photo posted is from the day after Christmas, my parents, my brother and I. Taken 10 days after her operation... she would never let you know it!I will be back to share our Christmas photos soon. Anyone tired of seeing Christmas photos yet?
Can you believe it?... my camera BROKE right before Christmas! I have been sans camera for almost a month now and it's horrible!
Thank you for checking in!