Friday, December 14, 2018

Really Random Thursday, 12/13/18

This week has been anything but random. So let's just pretend for a moment that I'm writing this on Thursday instead of  Friday.

This is how my last month has felt. After unexpectedly finding a small breast lump on November 10, and being quickly diagnosed with infiltrating lobular carcinoma on November 15, my world has felt toppled upside down.

On Tuesday of this week, I underwent a lumpectomy.

Mark took this pre-op photo after the surgeon initialed my shoulder.
The surgeon is confident that she removed all the cancer. And meanwhile, I await the results of the sentinel lymph node biopsy. She also feels confident that this will be clear. Although my feeling is that you never know until you hear the final pathology results. So time seems to drag by while I await those results.

Yesterday I was able to shower and wash my hair. Those are things I take for granted on a daily basis. But when you have to give them up for a couple of days, they become one of life's great luxuries. Pain has been minimal and Mark has been an excellent recovery nurse. When you need to spend most of your time on the couch while recovering, Christmas is a lovely time to do just that. My comfy spot on the couch.

My view from that comfy spot.
Gabriel was convinced that our house needed more decorations, so last week he spent some time going through bins of decorations that I have saved over the years but rarely put out. He found these precious drawings, made by his daddy at probably the same age, 7. He taped them to my sewing room door and I'm so glad he did that.
Sunday night was the children's Christmas program at church. Gabe played a piano solo.
Levi was part of a reader's theater.
Charlotte and Levi played a piano and violin duet (it was hard to get a good picture).
And of course, listening to the smaller kids sing is always a highlight.
So it's been an interesting week, to say the least. I have a good support system--meals have been delivered, cards have arrived, flowers have shown up, and friends have kept in touch with calls and texts.


Barring unforeseen findings, the doctors have told me that treatment will be two to four weeks of radiation therapy. So while I await the final report, most of all, this is what I need to remember.

15 comments:

  1. Agree with Mary. We are happy you are doing well, and will continue to keep you in our prayers! Merry Christmas!

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  2. I had the same scenario around a holiday-July 4th LOL. Dana Farber is wonderful and I have hit my Year 5 anniversary. Milestone & am wishing the same for you. Love your husband's drawings. Merry Christmas, Susan

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  3. Wishing you peace happiness and nothing but good news.

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  4. Sending prayers and healthy thoughts for a full recovery. Enjoy your family this Christmas!

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  5. You're in my thoughts and definitely my prayers every single day. Hope you get good news.

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  6. Wishing you the very best. Hope all turns out okay.

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  7. Praying for you for healing and nothing but good news from your doctors. God definitely does have it...all the "its" in our lives! Have a blessed Christmas with those you love.

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  8. So much love to you. I'm keeping you in my prayers and sending strength and peace your way <3

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  9. I loved your son’s drawings. Maybe they need to be framed or made into a quilt? Good news on your health - yeah! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Late in adding my good wishes here, but I'm sending extra warm wishes for much joy to celebrate in this season of both joy and the concerns for your health. Christmas is a very good time to be reminded of the many seeds of friendship you've sewn, as others reach out to you.

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  11. Oh wow I am so sorry for everything you are going through. I am glad you are getting good support from your family and have good doctors to help you.

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  12. A bit behind on my blog reading. God be with you during this time. Thankful that you have family and friends close by to give you all the support you need. Sending prayers of comfort your way.

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  13. Your Christmas view looks so festive and cozy! Glad that you have a wonderful support system and cute kiddos to keep you company. Love you much!

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