Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The "C" word...

I went with my mother today to get her results of her breast biopsy, and unfortunately it was cancerous. I knew it was not good news when the manager of the breast center ushered us back to a room with couches and "comfortable amenities." \

The first sentence out of the doctor's mouth was that "it was cancer..." Thankfully, I was able to take some notes and keep things straight, because after the "c" word, I think my mother zoned out. It was a real shock.

We immediately saw a surgeon and had bloodwork done. It was a really, really hard day. I had a gray feeling when I headed over to her home to take her to breast center this morning. I felt the constant stream of bad luck was not over.

Monday will be an MRI and then Wednesday we'll talk to the surgeon again. I can only hope it is in early stages and that a mastectomy can take care of the cancer. This is scary. I am really close to my mom and I'll be frank...I'm scared to death.

Let's hope her diligence has paid off. The mammogram did NOT show this as a mass to be investigated because it was lobular and not ductal cancer. Lobular breast cancer DOES NOT always show up on mammograms! So, after her mammogram, which was CLEAR, she reported to her doctor she had a "tender place" and her doctor fortunately did a sonogram which resulted in the immediate recommendation of a core biopsy. Thank God for that. Otherwise, it could have been another year before another mammo was done and by the time it did pick it up, it could have been much worse. My mom is a strong lady and keeping her chin up. I hope and pray for the best.



What can I say? My heart goes out to you. So much has happened to you since I started reading your blog! I'll be thinking about you and your Mom. I, too lost my Dad 4 years ago and I had to put two beloved kitties to sleep in the last year. I still miss my beloved Esmerelda every day!

I will be turning 60 in a couple of months and am trying to focus on the things I really love to do and to keep in touch with all the people I love.

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly

Hang in there! You and your Mom will be in my prayers!


Thank you all for your support and kindness. Karena I'm sorry about your father and your kitties. It's so rough to lose family members, no matter how many legs they have. Hugs to you.

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