Update 3/10/10

Hello All!   We just got back from meeting with my surgeon.  We talked with him about the pathology from surgery and got my scan results.  We have some good news and some vague news so here is my summary:

1.  The GREAT news is that my Bone and CT Scans came back clear.  No evidence of any disease in any organs or bones throughout my body.

2.  The tumor under my arm was taken out— completely and he got it all.  However, Dr. Turk also took out two other areas (above and below the tumor area).  These 2 areas were really like a safety net…. just to make sure that the margins were good.  Inside those 2 specimens were also nodules of positive cancer.  These are tiny, microscopic nodules.

3.  It is unclear –perhaps that’s all there is. Perhaps there are more in surrounding tissue.  The MRI I had 2 weeks ago was “worthless” according to Dr. Turk.  It didn’t show anything—which obviously there was a large tumor (3.6 cm) of positive cells.

4.  My CT Scan was very thorough and it had a special note about the right axilla area–that no mass was detected (this was done yesterday), and no residual axillary mass visualized.  All that to say is that whatever is left (if anything) is not visible.

5.  Dr. Turk will present my case on Friday at the Breast Forum….a group of doctors that meet to discuss certain cases–I was also presented this time last year.  My oncologist and radiologist will also be there so they will all be together on where we go from here.  Dr. Turk is going to call me sometime on Friday to let me know what they discussed.

6.  I know this is a lot of detail—but at the same time–it’s easier for me to type all this than tell this same story over and over again to everyone.  So, thanks for checking in and caring about all this!!

7.  How am I feeling?  You can probably tell by my numbered list that I’m in a “let’s get this done” kind of attitude.  But overall, I am very relieved that the Bone and CT scans were clear.    I am disappointed that the other tiny nodules were found….but I am not without hope.  Really, I wouldn’t type that if it weren’t true.  I keep coming back to this verse in the Bible this week:

” (I am) hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.”   2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Please pray for the meeting on Friday–that God would give the doctors wisdom and pray there are no more nodules left in my body.

Lots of love,



8 Responses to “Update 3/10/10”

  1. Cammie Howard Says:

    Love you Susan!! You continue to walk though all this with an amazing attitude. Thanks for all you are teaching me and others through this journey you are experiencing.

  2. Claudia Deese Says:

    Susan, Just want you to know that I pray for you and your family daily.
    We have appreciated Jerel so much over the years as Bennett’s friend. God is in control at all times. I just read in Hebrews this AM that faith is the essential element to our relationship with our Heavenly Father. I especially pry for your children that they will be at peace. Though I don’t know you well, I love you and am commited to praying for all of y ou.

    Claudia Deese

  3. carey Says:

    Susan, Glad to hear of the positive results from your tests! I’m sorry you still have some vagueness going on… Praying for wisdom and guidance for the doctors to make a good plan and for continued peace, strength and joy for you, Jerel and the kids ; ) Your response to hard stuff in life is an inspiration and encouragement to me!

  4. John Teeling Says:

    Fantastic news, Susan. I am battling for you in prayer.

  5. Sue Uibel Says:

    Praying, praying, Susan…….certainly GLAD about the CT scans — Praise God! And will be praying about the Dr.’s forum on Friday — for clear answers and clarity. You and your family are constantly on my heart — I totally understand your fondness for 2 Cor. 4:8-9 — and admire your not giving up or giving in when it would be easy sometimes.

    Sending lots of hugs and promises of prayer for all of you…….


  6. Mary Brock Says:

    We continue to pray. Don and I are so proud of you!!!

  7. Jessica Says:

    Again…you amaze me with your strength and positive attitude. I pray for you daily, my friend! Hang in there!

  8. Martha Bailey/Bill Bailey Says:

    We continue to pray for you daily-keep up your faith.

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