Different journey

A different kind of adventurous journey has just started for me, and I decided to blog about it here.

I changed doctors a year or so back, strictly for convenience. Both doctors work for McLeod, I like them both, and actually met them both at Republican Party events, but Dr. Jimena Burnett’s office is a lot closer to where I live. Thus the switch.

About 6 weeks ago Dr. Burnett sent me for a routine mammogram, since it had been two years. No problem… I have no family history of breast cancer and all my mammograms have been normal over the years.

Not this time, however. No mass or tumor was found, but an underarm lymph node (actually two nodes were swollen) was enlarged. I was sent back to McLeod for compression films and an ultrasound of that area.

Afterwards, radiologist Dr. Stephen Christian said I needed a needle biopsy of the lymph node plus a punch biopsy of a “different-looking” spot on the left breast. Those were scheduled right away. Shelby took time off from work to drive me, and I’m grateful she did.

The needle biopsy was guided by ultrasound, which I watched as radiologist Dr. Cheney Meiere explained what he was doing. Four separate core samples were taken. I was sent home wrapped like a mummy in two complete Ace bandage rolls, told not to drive, lift, or do anything strenuous for 24 hours. The nodes were deep and I had bled a bit… now I have a large sickle-shaped black and blue bruise under that arm.

The initial core needle biopsy report came in two days later as I sat in Dr. Burnett’s office: invasive ductal carcinoma, poorly differentiated; consistent with breast carcinoma but not entirely specific. Dr. Burnett did not perform the skin biopsy, instead arranging for me to see two more doctors ASAP, surgeon Dr. John Sonfield the next day, and Dr. Rajesh Bajaj, an oncologist with Carolina Health Care a week later.

Dr. Sonfield is a young, friendly, confident and seemingly highly competent young surgeon at Pee Dee Surgical (the same office where Dr. Bolick still practices who took such good care of Tim for many years). He explained that since none of the films so far had shown a mass or tumor, I needed an MRI.

That I will have next Monday afternoon (1/31/11), then see Dr. Sonfield again on Thursday. By then he will have the MRI results. He and Dr. Bajaj have already talked and will talk again, so by the time I see Dr. Bajaj on February 7 they will know what course of treatment to recommend.

Of course, I have already Googled and read many articles from many medical and hospital sources, as well as a few patient accounts online. I will continue to do that, just as I did when caring for Tim.

One side note: My new cat Friday had playfully bitten me on the left wrist some time before the mammogram, breaking the skin which bled a little. The wrist, hand, elbow and entire arm gradually began to ache and swell slightly. When I heard about the enlarged lymph node, the first thing I thought was cat scratch fever. Dr. Burnett says I may indeed have a mild case, along with cancer cells — but since cancer is so serious, we must address that. I agree, of course.

Thoughts: I am being particular about who I tell, and specifically who I ask to pray for me. No wishy-washy prayers, please, no “if it be Thy will” prayers, full of uncertainty, doubt or fear. (James 1:6-7) I know what Jesus did for me on the cross. (I Peter 2:24) I know God’s attitude towards sickness and disease. I’m reading through the Gospel of John these days, the book of miracles. Jesus and Father God’s words and actions make their attitude crystal clear.

I know there is an enemy out to kill me and any other human being. (John 10:10) “You’re not paranoid if they really ARE out to get you.” Someone is out to kill me, but Someone much greater than that lives in me! (I John 4:4)

I need like-minded pray-ers who pray with authority, kicking the enemy in the teeth as many times as necessary while commanding him to leave me alone.

More later, after the MRI maybe.


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Bette’s Journal

Bette Cox 2010

Christ is the "Big C" in my life!

That was told to me by a good friend recently, and it's so very true.

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I believe Jesus. I hope you do too.

I have one request of other believers reading this journal:

Agree with me that the invader will shrink, shrivel, die and disappear from my body, whatever method the Lord uses to accomplish that.

Thanks in advance.


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