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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cancer Sucks

My grandma has cancer.

She was officially diagnosed yesterday (Friday 14th) after her biopsy on Wednesday. She is really upset as expected and so am I. I really thought and believed that she would be okay and she still may be "okay" but I hate that she has to go through this. I HATE IT.

She has another appointment at the first of the year, then they will schedule a surgery date to remove the cancerous mound. She will then undergo chemotherapy 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The good news is that the cancer is located in her milk duct and not in her breast tissue. The doctor described it as "ink inside of a ballpoint pen". Since it is fully encapsulated, it will not spread throughout the remainder of her breast. He also said that there is only a 10% chance of the cancer returning once it is removed. So for that I am hopeful that *this* will not take her down.

She is a strong woman and I know that she will get through this. I'm praying that she will become stronger than any cancer out there and I ask that you all do the same.

11 comments:

The Nanny said...

This sucks and I'm sorry, Monica. But your grandma sounds like a very strong person and this will be over in no time. In the meantime, I'm praying for you and your family and especially for your grandma!

Monica said...

I'm so sorry Monica. I'm glad to hear though that it is in the milk gland, but cancer is cancer so she must be so scared. I hope you can be there for her and I will be there for you. Is she the type of person that can advocate well for her care? IF not, you better go to the appt. with her because I know YOU aren't afraid of talking to doctors! I'll be thinking about both of you. Sorry I have been MIA lately. Let's get together Wednesday. Do you still have one more meeting at the Ronald McDonald House? I'm going to get some stuff and if so you can drop it off for them then.

I miss you.

Kristi said...

It sounds hopeful due to the cancer's location. You & your grandmother are in my thoughts.

Lori said...

We'll be praying for her and your family. Sorry ya'll had to find out at this time of year. Glad to hear about her "success" rate though.

meg said...

I'm sorry Monica, this is terrible news, and cancer does suck. But, it sounds like the odds are very much in her favor. I know, it's still awful for her to go through, but from what you've written here, it seems very hopeful. That being said, I am sending you my love and prayers, because I know this is really, really hard.

Erica said...

I am so sorry my great grandma was a breast cancer survivor.She lived a very long life and ended up passing away from old age.I will continue praying for your grandma and your family.

Christyna said...

I'm so sorry. I will be sending strength and good wishes your way! Next year when I do the central park breast cancer walk I'm sure I will be thinking of your Grandmother as one of the survivors!!

Beth said...

You and your grandma will remain in my prayers.

Rachel said...

I am sorry about your grandmother, I know the news must be difficult. I'll be praying for you and for her.

Jenna said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother, you will all be in our prayers. Let me know if you need anything.

Becky said...

I'm so sorry Monica. It's been a very similar Christmas for us this year as well. My Aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May. She was scheduled to have surgery to remove the cancer on the 20th, but they opened her up and then closed her back up because it had spread to her diaphragm...and at this point I don't think there is much they can do anymore. So she's back to the chemo...

So I'll keep praying for you and your family always. By the way, I'll send you an email...