We had an appointment with the surgeon on Saturday. It was a post-op consult visit. We expected to be in the office for about a half an hour, but it turned in to a two hour visit. The purpose of the visit was to get ready for the port that Jane is going to have installed. The surgeon ask us to stay and see the other doctor, Dr. Machi, for an ultrasound of the lymph nodes in Jane’s neck.
Before the ultrasound the both doctors checked Jane’s neck but could not feel anything unusual. The ultrasound picked up two suspicious nodes. Dr. Machi preformed a core biopsy on the lymph node. The specimen was sent to the pathologist to ensure it was a good sample and to be analyzed for cancer. Dr. Machi wanted us to wait until the pathologist call back with preliminary results. The results of the biopsy were positive for cancer. At this point we the cancer has spread, what we do not know for sure is what type of cancer it is. It most likely a recurrence of the Her2Neu strain of breast cancer.
NOW FOR THE APPOINTMENTS
Thursday, Jane will go in for a CT scan, they will scan from the head to the lower abdomen. The purpose of this scan is to verify the PET scan results that indicated that the cancer has spread to other places in the body.
Friday, Jane will go in for a Heart Scan (MUGA). The purpose for the MUGA scan is to ensure that the heart is healthy so that Jane can start on Herceptin, a treatment to inhibit the growth of Her2Neu cells. This will be the first step in the cancer treatment.
On Monday, I/we think that Jane is scheduled for an ultrasound of the Thyroid. A thyroid condition would explain Jane’s weight lose, although we hope that is her diligence to working out regularly and doing Weight Watchers.
Wednesday is a double whammy, Jane will get her port put in. The surgery will last about one hour. Later in the day we will me with the surgeon, Dr. Denny to go over the results of all the scans and what our treatment options are.
We have a few other things that we are working on. First Dr. Denny is moving her practice to Kauai in September. That means that we need to find a new oncologist. A number of people recommended good doctors. The oncologist that we have chosen is Dr. Michelle Miyashiro. Dr. Miyashiro is extremely busy due to the fact that two other oncologists have had surgery and have had to move patients to her and Dr. Denny leaving the island. There is a chance that we can see Dr Miyashiro on Wednesday, if not on Wednesday then we will be waiting for a cancellation. Since she will be our oncologist we would like to see her before we start any treatment.
The second thing that we are working on is taking a trip to San Francisco to get a second opinion. We would like to go to UCSF Medical Center and see Dr. John Park. Dr. Park was one of the researcher for herceptin and is suppose to be on the leading edge of cancer treatment. The second opinion is going to take a lot of work. We will need to get all of Jane’s records together and send them on a head so the doctors get a chance to read them over. The next available appointment is in late September. Dr. Park only consults on Wednesday Afternoons. If, after he gets the records, he determines that a sooner visit is warranted we could get in sooner.
So as you can see we have a lot going on. It is hard to keep things straight. Right now there are three of us working on this, Jane, her sister Linda and myself. Linda is a blessing. She has done multiple hours of research and is very proactive. She is always on the phone with the doctors trying to set appointments and check to ensure that we are getting the results from test in a timely fashion.
AND NOW THE PRAYER
Jane’s prayer request is that it is all in God’s timing. What does that mean? It means that the calendar will fill in according to God’s timing and not by us having to knock the doors down.
Pray for each of the appointments that the doctors find everything or nothing (because of God’s healing).
Pray for our minds that we keep focused on the purpose for living, to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Also that our minds would be fortified against depression or giving in to a spirit of death.
2 Cor 1:9-11, “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us, as you help us by prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
You are the “MANY!”
Pray of for the boys, that they are not distracted from school and other things.
Again, if you feel called to fast please contact Stef Anderson at: email@example.com
NOW THE FUN STUFF
Auntie Liz is coming! She is probably the funnest Auntie in the world. The boys love her and she will be here for about a week, to hang out and help out as needed. Liz is one of Jane’s lifetime friends and a dear family friend.
Thanks for praying for us and for those of you who have been fasting. Thanks for the cards, calls and emails of support, they are all appreciated! You have encouraged us more then you know. Thanks to Brian for taking me fishing last week, it was really needed. Thanks to Linda for all her hard work and effort to ensure we are getting Jane the best treatment possible. Thanks to Jane’s parents, they do a lot.
Thanks to Stef for taking on the coordinating of fasting. I truly believe the best cure for this is the prayer and petitions of the saints.
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT
Who would have thought we would be spending more then 20 hours in doctors appointments and hospital visits?