Cancer Journey/ HEALTH

My Caring Bridge Site

Hi Everyone!
First off, I have to say just how thankful and overwhelmed I am by all the comments, thoughts, prayers and well-wishes.  I read each and every comment, and when I am feeling down I come back and read them again.  You all give me so much support, I can’t tell you what it means to me and just how blessed I feel to have you all along on this crazy cancer ride.  

I wanted to let you know about a Caring Bridge site I created.  It is where I will be giving daily, detailed updates on my health, so if that is something you want to follow, here is the link.
I will still be posting here at New Nostalgia, and even hope to get back to some “normal, non-cancer type” posts in between chemo treatments, but for the nitty gritty details, Caring Bridge is the site to go.

I wanted to update all of you on what we know and what the plan is, so I just copied my journal entry I wrote at Caring Bridge tonight.  
Here it is:

Hello Friends and Family,
I thought this Caring Bridge site would be the easiest way to keep you all informed with the details of each day.  I will still be blogging at New Nostalgia, but this is where you need to come if you want daily detailed updates.

Today was a big day and I am super tired.  I am sorry it is so late with an update, but my girls were priority tonight as we explained to them what they will be experiencing in the next few days/weeks.  

We met with our Oncologist to hear all the results of tests and form a plan.

The MRI that was taken yesterday showed that the tumor is bigger than we thought.  It measured 6 cm on the MRI, which bummed me out a bit.  There are also some “suspicious” areas on my other breast, which was a bit of a surprise.  They have not confirmed that this is cancer, but it is a concern.  They do not think it is metastatic from original tumor, in other words, if it is cancer it formed independently from original tumor.

Because of the size of the lump, my Oncologist said I am Stage 3.
Statistically, that number scares me, but she reassured us that it is considered stage 3 not because it has spread elsewhere, but because of the size of the tumor.  

Due to the large size of the tumor, they are going to shrink it with chemotherapy, before attempting to cut it out, which will prevent multiple surgeries and also tell us if the chemo type they choose actually will work on the type of cancer I have.

So the plan is:

Tomorrow-surgery for port placement.  A port is placed in my chest so the chemo can go straight into a main artery and they won’t have to poke me so much, and it will save my veins.  It is a simple outpatient surgery, at 12:30pm.

Monday-my first chemotherapy appt at 10:00am.  It is about a 4 hour process.  Sounds quite boring.  She said to expect to come home pretty worn out, and expect a pretty rough week physically.  
I will receive a chemo treatment every 3 weeks, 4 times.  So about 4 months worth.
After my chemo treatments, I will be having a double mastectomy and during the same surgery will have implants placed. I expect this to be end of January, early February.  Todd’s birthday is the 5th…Happy Birthday, Baby.  Ha.

Hmmm, other details….
MRI showed a swollen lymph node, but it did not “light up” which means it may not have cancer in it:)

Bone Scan showed some “activity” of ribs.  It does not show a lesion.  It may be from injury (recently fell at skating rink and a heavy child fell right on my ribs) they are calling it negative for cancer but will recheck that area in the future.

MRI also showed some fluid around my heart.  Because of this, they did an echo-cardiogram today.  I have been having shortness of breath on the left side when I lay down, and a “heavy” feeling at the end of my exhale, so they want to make sure all is ok before chemo on Monday.  I did not get the result from that yet.  A bit nervous about it, I really struggle with unknowns…

That is it for now.  I am so thankful to know there are so many out there who care and are pullin’ and praying for me.  

I read every one of your facebook comments and blog comments, sometimes several times a day.  You all give me so much strength and it means the world to me.

Not sure how sleepy I will be after port surgery, but I will have Todd or someone else let you know how the port placement went and results of echo tomorrow. 


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  • lori
    October 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this…I am beyond grateful that you are sharing your story with us at the Cafe. We will be praying for you on this journey. It truly could be any of us…thank you for taking the time to share this…

  • Kathy
    September 27, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Know that you are in the prayers of many. Our Heavenly Father knows you and your struggles and will give you the strength you need. I too, had a young family when I “did” breast cancer 🙂 All three kids were under five. I’m three years out now and finally feel normal again. It’s hard but I know you will do well as you have such a strong faith and so many will surround you and support you. Be cheerful, be faithful, be brave.

  • Michelle
    September 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Just wanted you to know that I am encouraged by your strength in the Lord. I know you will not always feel like being the one to encourage everyone else with your battle (even though you know it is not really yours alone). I wrote your name in my prayer notebook so I could remember you in prayer on a regular basis.

  • malia
    September 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Amy, Sending you love + support. My dear friend Michelle went through a similar diagnosis/treatment a year ago. I am happy to tell you she got through it all and is now back at work and loving her family and doing just fine. xoxo

  • Life in Rehab
    September 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    That’s what I did when I had breast cancer; it’s the easiest way to update everyone who cares about you, and we do all care. You’ll beat this.

  • shorty
    September 14, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I will pray for you and will keep up with you so I know how to pray. Hugs for you:)

  • Lana
    September 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    May all these good thoughts and prayers strengthen you today and in the days to come. I am relatively new to your blog, but this must be a great place to be because there is such an outpouring of love here! Add my good thoughts and prayers to your mountain of positive energy.

  • Amy Kinser
    September 11, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I will be signing up for your caringbridge site so I can keep up with you. Thanks for sharing it with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My message for you is to keep on keeping on. (heard that once on a black gospel cd) So Amy, you keep on keeping on. You are going to be fine. I believe that.

  • karyn
    September 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Recently found your blog and love all the helpful information and thoughts. I’m crushed that you are forced to face this challenge, but know you will overcome it! I’m thinking of you and your family and wishing you all the best, Karyn

  • Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun
    September 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Just learned your news and will keep you and your family in my prayers. You have a great support team and strong faith and will beat this. We use Caringbridge to stay close to friends also fighting for their daughter. It’s very user friendly and a great way to keep connected.
    Love and hugs to you on this journey,

  • sandra
    September 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hi Amy I pray that all will go well with placing the port and chemo. I hope that this outlet is a good one for you. I will keep you in my prayers Sandra

  • Marianne
    September 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing with us as I must admit I get very anxious and worried when I don’t hear any. It is almost strange how connected you can feel to someone you’ve never met. I pray for you and your family and I think of you every day. Stay strong, but don’t forget to let your emotions out whether they be anger, sorrow, fear and happiness. Lots of love to you.

  • Cara
    September 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Amy, I realized found your blog, and have SO enjoyed it! I want you to know that I will be keeping you in my daily prayers, just know that we are all here for you, praying. Think of us as your cheerleading squad, lol!!!

    “We’re gonna get you, we’re gonna get you, we’re gonna get you, you! you! you!”

    Ok, it was the only one I could remember from high school, sorry. But it’s fitting, isn’t it??!!!


  • Chels
    September 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Continuing to pray for you Amy!!! Sunday, I’ll be mentioning your name to our church so they can all pray for you too. Big hugs!!

  • KaylaDanielle
    September 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Still praying for you!

  • jeana
    September 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    My sweet momma has you in her her prayers too Amy. I’ll follow you Caring Bridge journal also. Sending you my love and prayers.

  • Jill Nogales
    September 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Amy, I’m so sorry to hear of your breast cancer. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago… and I too had young children at home to care for. Not easy, but I know you can do this because you have the same loving heavenly Father who was there for me. He is closer to you now than you can begin to imagine. And His love for you is absolutely endless.
    Big hugs and lots of prayers!

  • simone17
    September 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am at a loss as to what I could say to make you feel better. I cannot even begin to imagine how you must be feeling and what is going on in your thoughts. I just wish I could wake you from this nightmare. Love from Sydney & thoughts are with you.

  • Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Amy,
    all best wishes from the other side of the Atlantic.
    God bless you and your family!

  • Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Amy, I just recently started following your blog and have really enjoyed it. I will be lifting you and your family up in prayer. You may enjoy a book written by Holly Wagoner (a breast cancer survivor) a strong faith filled book called “Warrior Chick “. Blessings

  • Jennifer Thomas
    September 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Amy, I was stage 3 as well for the size. Chemo is hard but it is alot better than it used to be. They give you a pre med that prevents nausea. It really helps! There was one part of going to chemo that I actually liked- meeting and talking with the other cancer patients. Not every place is like where I went, but I was in a room with other patients and it is so helpful to talk to others who are going through the same thing you are. has excellent message boards-there is alot of support and information there!
    I will keep you in my prayers!

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    September 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Amy I’m just back from vacation and had no idea you were going thru this. You are not alone and will be in my prayers. God Bless you and take good care of you and your family xoxo

  • Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos
    September 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Amy~ Thanks so much for sharing the details with us, so we can specifically pray for whatever you’re going through at the moment. I’ll be following your journey and praying for you all along the way.

  • GunnyMom
    September 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Amy stay strong in spirit. You can do this. This evening a program “Stand Up to Cancer” will be aired in Northern California. I believe it covers the advances in research and treatments. Also,praying that God will give your Todd strength and your girls understanding and patience during these changes in your daily lives. You all can handle this. God is with you.

  • kati
    September 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I talked to my grandma today, who last Christmas was diagnosed with a 6cm breast cancer tumor. She wants you to know that she is praying for you, she actually spent a lot of today praying for you and your husband and you kids. She said “Tell her arms of love, and a thousand angels to watch over you as you go through this difficult time” She really means it, and she has called out to her minister, the church, the community, and as of tonight, there are 6 churches with you in their prayers. I hope this helps, knowing we are here, to love and support you, and pray. Love to you Amy!

  • Donna
    September 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Amy, I have enjoyed following your blog for some time. You are so sweet and caring.I pray for you and your family. Sending love and hugs from Atlanta!

  • Suzanne (Slater) Miller
    September 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Amy…I pray Psalms 46 over you. God – our refuge and strength; our very present help in trouble. The foot note says…”abundantly available for help”. I love that phrase. May His presence comfort you today especially in the moments when fear and anxiety and the unknown assault you. You are a testimony to living real life with a real God. Blessings.

  • Janel
    September 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I haven’t commented before on the subject of your cancer, but I have read every post and am praying and thinking about you constantly.

    I wish I had some wonderful words of wisdom or strength for you…unfortunately, I don’t – just know that someone in Florida is praying!

  • Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps}
    September 10, 2010 at 4:26 am

    sending you all my positive energy! xoxo

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