Friday, January 15, 2010

That Dreaded Word...CANCER.

When I started this blog, I did not know that my first topic was going to be about my own breast cancer experience. Although I strongly admire the courageous women who are "survivors" and "fighters," breast cancer awareness was not one of my "passions." It's funny what a difference 1 month can make in your life. Now I am seeing the little pink ribbon everywhere I go and I'm wanting to buy pink everything. :)

What an overwhelming turn our lives have taken in just a few short weeks. Here is a brief timeline of my cancer story to date...

  • 1 year ago I found a lump during a self exam. My doctor sent me to an imaging place for a mammogram and ultrasound. They told me that it was nothing. I was just getting older and my tissue was getting harder.
  • 1 year later (November 09) I go in for my yearly and tell my doctor that the lump is still there, feels like it has changed a bit and has started bleeding a little bit. She sends me back to the same imaging place for another mammogram and they do 2 ultrasounds this time. Still, they tell me it is "nothing but a cyst." They say not to worry about it and to come back in 6 months to see if it has grown. My doctor says that is ridiculous and sets me an appointment with a surgical breast specialist.
  • December 10, 3 days after turning 38, I see the breast specialist. She does her own ultrasound and is immediately concerned. She does a biopsy on the spot that day.
  • December 14, I get a call that my biopsy is positive for cancer and I need an MRI to determine more clearly.
  • December 15, my husband and I meet with the surgeon to go over my options and have any questions answered.
  • December 17, I have an MRI which shows that I have invasive breast cancer.
  • We decide to wait till after the Christmas holidays to have my surgery for the sake of the kids and our family.
  • January 11, I have a pre-op x-ray and blood work.
  • January 13, I have a single mastectomy.

In one month, I have gone through a whirlwind of emotion. Although I have chosen to ignore my cancer till the end of the holidays, I am now going to try to write about my experience for my own therapy, so here we go.


Kristi W. said...

I'm so glad you've decided to blog about your journey with cancer. I will be tuned in faithfully! I am praying for your speedy and complete recovery. Hoping that the mastectomy went well...especially since you are up and blogging.

:)Kristi W.

Paul said...

I love the blog idea. You are an amazing writer. It's like catching up on the conversation we never have time to have. I feel like I'm sitting down in a coffee shop with you. Hugs...


Sara said...

Well, I hope since you are up and blogging that you are feeling a little better today. Please, please, please let me know if I can do anything to help you out. Love you!

Pam said...

I'm glad you are going to write....I'm will be followning along faithfully. Praying for you friend. I pray the surgery was out of the ballpark success!

hearingelmo said...

Writing has always been very therapeutic for me. Each time I had some new difficult thing to learn how to live with, God gave me the grace to write about it in such a way that it helped me trace His hand more clearly. God bless you on your journey, and I look forward to reading from the sidelines.
Your cousin,

jasonliberty said...

I am so glad you are blogging about your experience. I will be an avid stalker of this blog. I have earnestly prayed for you and will continue to do so! Praise God for your amazing Doctor that followed her instinct!


Traci said...

Thanks for sharing your journey. I continue to pray for you - Traci G.

wendy said...

Candice, I don't know if you'll remember me from TTU or not, but I've been following along on updates from David & Jason on facebook. First I saw several people joining the support group for you, but I didn't know what it was all about. Then I remembered I had seen a link (I think on David's fb page) to your adoption blog a while back and decided to go there and that's when I read what was happening. I've been praying for you. Hope your recovery is going well.
~Wendy (Kline) Bergland

Peter and Nancy said...

Hi Candice --

I am glad that you're through the first days following surgery. Good for you for trusting your instincts and following up with your doctor after the 2nd ultrasound. I will join the other blog friends in praying for you with all my heart.