Thursday, January 12, 2012

This-n-That Thursday

Full of thanks and some answers:
  • I cannot thank you all enough for the love and support. It is palpable.
  • I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 14 after having a stereo biopsy on the 12th.
  • I was blindsided with that call.
  • All I had on my mammogram were some calcifications (they are like little dots of kosher salt when you look at the film).
  • The radiologist told me to come back in 6 months for a follow up. My gut told me otherwise.
  • Telling my children was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Going to Disney to run the half marathon last week was one of the best things we've ever done.
  • It appears to be the hormone receptive kind of cancer which is highly treatable.
  • I had the lumpectomy, lymph node biopsy and some reconstruction on Tuesday.
  • I love my team of doctors.
  • I am in pain, but I have some nice pills.
  • And my nursemaids/children are awesome.
  • I hope to have more answers by tomorrow.
  • If I am lucky, I will have radiation followed by hormone therapy.
  • I feel lucky.
  • Now, if you haven't yet done so in the past year, go get your mammogram/ultrasound/MRI.
  • Or I will hunt you down and harangue you. It won't be pretty.
And now, I'm going back to bed.

30 comments:

Ellen said...

Glad your sense of humor wasn't removed!

Sending prayers and hugs your way.

Kathleen... said...

I haven't been over in a few days....I'm shocked by the news. I'm SO happy to read of the prognosis, your terrific outlook & "pillows" of support. =) You're a lovely woman, inside & out, and your Path is a wonderful one....I'm sorry for this scary hiccup.

And THANK GOD for modern medicine that can kick the "c" right out of you. xoxo

Jarhead said...

Saw Kathleen's post about your diagnosis and subsequent procedure so I moseyed on over the see what the hubbub was about. My mom underwent a lump-ectomy on Monday and the outlook is positive.

Keep the faith; good news that it was detected early. Sounds like you're on your way to a complete recovery!

Boobs are a terrible thing to waste!

Kevin

Snooty Primadona said...

Geeze. I've been so caught up in my own little world, I had no idea. You are one helluva strong woman & I know you'll get through this, especially with your kids at the helm. Many prayers will be said for you my friend.

All my daughter wanted for Christmas (from me) is for me to see a GYN for the first time in 15 years. I go this week & I'm petrified, but I AM going to make the appointment...

missing moments said...

Love your attitude! Kick its butt, girl! I, too, live with the big C ... grateful for each day.

Magpie said...

I have, I have!

Be well, love.

Paxie said...

Yes, I'm one for updates...thank you very much. Was hoping you'd do this.

I can only imagine...

I'm thinking the hard part is over and now you are in the a little more and recovery stage.

The babies, I'm sure were worried immensely and that worries us Moms.

You sound very positive and upbeat and that's the way we're going. Just sayin :)

The Angry Squaw said...

Oh my!!!! I had lost track of your blog somehow in the chaos of my own life, I am shocked and saddened to hear this news, but so happy to hear it is treatable and you seem to be doing ok. Hang in there, girlie!!!!

Laura~peach~ said...

you know how it is... but you have the best caregivers ever :) mind the drs and rest and take care of you :) love ya heaps!

annbumbly said...

xoxoxoxoxox that's all, just xoxoxoxoxox

Nurse Nancy said...

Continuing to send you hugs and prayers. Your positive attitdue and strong circle of family and friends means everything!

The Incredible Woody said...

Nice pills are niiiiiice:) And I surely wish I were close enough to bring you a casserole or something.

Tomorrow is my annual appt for a looksee at the land down south and the boob smasher.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your cancer is treatable! I would highly recommend reading the book "The Emperor of all Maladies - A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It traces the first known case of cancer, including breast cancer(and treatments)in ancient Egypt all the way to modern times and treatments. It is fascinating. I don't have cancer but my husband has cancer (under control).

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

You've got good instincts; I'm so glad you followed them.

Tammy said...

Thank you for the update. I've been sending healing thoughts your way since I found out. Sounds like you have a great support system! I'm jealous of your nice pills. ;)

Deltaville Jamie said...

I'm so glad that the prognosis is a good one. Stay positive and keep laughing, I think it is definitely the best medicine! Sending good vibes your way

Sassy said...

I love Ellen's comment.....GLAD YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR WASN'T REMOVED! You are in my continued prayers...thankful you have such loving care givers...I am anxious to hear your news tomorrow.....♥ you bunches and bunches!!!!!XOXOXOX

Keetha said...

Oh, honey. You are brave and strong and goodness - I am thinking of you. I'm praying for you and your family.

Good good thoughts to you!

Gayle said...

You, your children, family and friends are in my heart and prayers. The current success rate of diagnosis and treatment are so encouraging. We are living in a fine time for hope and healing.
{{{}}}

Deb said...

Lauren, I had no idea you experienced this. All I can tell you is I am so glad of the news received today. Most of what you wrote, I went through before Thanksgiving short of the diagnosis. Praise God. But I must go back in 6 months for follow uo on other breast,
Just know that I am praying for you.

Country Girl said...

xoxoxoxo

Jill of All Trades said...

Keep up informed for sure. Glad that part is over. I forgot, YES, I got my mamo, like every year since my late 30's. Have a friend that has not had one in YEARS and we harrange her constantly. I will continue. Take care. Carla

Deb said...

Well-written, important message ! I will be making that phone call on Monday ! Thanks for the reminder and I will be holding you in my thoughts and prayers ! And humor is the best medicine ! Take care.

Karen Deborah said...

sweet lady you are a fighter and your going to win. Yep I'm good on the mammo and good for you to say this. Glad you got some pills, some nurses, and lots of love.
Can I add some to the mix? More love and prayers to you and yours.
Lots and lots of it.

Kacey said...

I just wanted you to know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

Donna S. said...

Still praying....

Sara said...

Lauren,
Sending you love, light, and healing thoughts. So sorry you have to go through this. Let your loved ones love you through it.

Hilary said...

You have the best attitude.

Flea said...

I am just now seeing this. Bad Flea! Oh Lauren!!! I'm so glad the prognosis is upbeat and you have a good medical team and wonderful children! So glad you're alive and getting better. (((HUGS)))

Flea said...

I am just now seeing this. Bad Flea! Oh Lauren!!! I'm so glad the prognosis is upbeat and you have a good medical team and wonderful children! So glad you're alive and getting better. (((HUGS)))