The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 5

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March 30, 2017

Dear Friends & Family,

I’ve been recovering for about 1 week, after a successful surgery. I had my first doctor’s appointment yesterday.  During surgery, the doctors tested a “suspicious” lymph node (that they originally identified during my mammogram), which they confirmed was cancerous. They only tested the suspicious node during surgery, and over the next 7 days, ran pathology on the other lymph nodes that were removed during surgery. The result was 2 out of the 29 lymph nodes that were removed contained cancer. 

 The pathology was also run on the removed breast tissue, and the doctors found 2 small invasive tumors (~1 cm each). The tumors in the breast can best be described as “ground zero”, before getting into the 2 lymph nodes. Having this confirmation is a huge relief, because going into surgery the doctors were not able to see invasive cancer in the breast, therefore they weren’t able to explain how it could have gotten into the “suspicious” lymph node.

 For all intents and purposes, the doctors believe they have gotten all of the cancer removed from my breast and lymph nodes.  🙂  As an added precaution, my Oncologist is recommending I go through chemotherapy, starting April 14th, which will last between 20-24 weeks. The purpose of going through chemotherapy at this point will be to rid the body of any cancer that is undetectable, throughout the body.

 It is also possible I’ll need to do radiation (after chemo), but my radiologist may not think it’s necessary. I will know over the next couple of weeks for sure.

I started experiencing a sharp pain yesterday that comes and goes, so hopefully I will get it under control, other than that, I have just been taking it easy.  It is amazing what things you take for granted until you need help doing them, ha ha.  

Thank you for all of the emails, texts, calls, cards, advice, flowers, edible arrangements, meals, and various gifts that I have received the weeks prior to surgery and am still receiving.  My house looks like a shrine with “my cards” placed throughout the house. 

I have been thinking about everybody daily and hope that all is going well.

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

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6 thoughts on “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 5”

  1. I’m so glad surgery and recovery are going well. Remember you are always stronger than you realize & know you have so much support behind you! We miss you at Creech!!

    Your favorite LSSP 😉

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  2. I love that you are doing a blog to keep us up to date on what is going on. Stay strong and know that we are all behind you to lift you up and keep you going! 🙂

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  3. Jen: You don’t know me. I know your husband, Tom, from soccer days at PHS. The Wilson family has a special place in my memories–lovely people. I am so very sad that you are going through all of this. I am 68, and I had breast cancer in 2012. Mastectomy and reconstruction and arimidex. I was HR positive. This November will be five years. There is not a day that passes that I don’t think about this horrible malady. So many friends have been impacted by it. You are so young–my heart goes out to you. I love your attitude, and I know you are getting world-class care. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you!

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    1. Hi Sharon! Thank you for reaching out to me and it is nice to meet you! Tom says “hi” to Patrick!

      Congratulations on being a breast cancer survivor! I know that I have a long road ahead of me.., but I must remain positive. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

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