Daily Archives: May 23, 2007

Bad News Bear

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2 weeks ago I got hit with some bad news, lots of bad news…

  1. Family member with breast tumor, biopsy scheduled and completed
  2. Family member left unfaithful spouse
  3. Family member’s son appendectomy
  4. Friend diagnosed with cancer and kidney failure, trying chemo.
    While these things in and of themselves are not the end of the world type of thing, they have the potential to be.
    While all these things are not happening to me personally, they are happening to the people I love dearly.
    While I know they individually must go thru their trials, I want to be there for them, to help in any way I can. Pray for them, whatever.

    I had good news also…

    1. Family member on meds for pain and depression, is doing and better, attitude much improved

    2. Friend doing chemo for lung cancer is in his last treatments and doing very well

    3. Going on vacation, managed to get dog and cat sitter

    4. Son is accepted into high school, they call it an 8th grade promotion

    5. Son got 2nd place in a track event

    6. Friend asked me about ‘getting right’ with God and advice on what scripture says about…

I guess I’m trying to say, before Christ, this news would have thrown me over the edge. I would have already hit the bottle and been a bear to live with.

Now, I’m just a bear to live with, no, really, I DO want to drink, badly, but knowing God will get me and others thru this, I’m calm, relying on Him to do His work.

I’m praying and waiting and watching.

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Yesterday: family member with breast tumor is now diagnosed with;

Invasive ductal carcinoma, or IDC, accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers. Invasive means that it has “invaded” or spread to the surrounding tissues. It is ductal because the cancer began in the milk ducts—which are the “pipes” that bring milk from the lobules to the nipple. Carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues that cover internal organs—such as breast tissue.

AND

DCIS – Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (non-invasive ductal carcinoma)

DCIS is not life-threatening. It is non-invasive, and is considered the earliest form of cancer—Stage 0. Stage 0 breast cancer (sometimes called pre-cancer) is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells that is stuck inside the milk duct where it started. It has not yet figured out how to spread outside the duct or to other areas of the body.

Although this cancer stays inside the milk ducts, it is associated with an increased risk of getting an invasive cancer, or cancer that has spread to surrounding tissues, in the future. The risk of the DCIS coming back is extremely variable and depends on the size and personality of the DCIS, as well as the type of treatment. Recurrence of cancer can be either non-invasive (not life-threatening) or invasive (potentially serious). The main goal of treating DCIS is to reduce the risk of an invasive cancer later on.

In most cases, the treatment for DCIS is breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). The DCIS must be removed with clean margins (also called margins of resection). To substantially lower the risk of developing an invasive cancer, most doctors recommend additional treatment with radiation after surgery for DCIS.

Women with hormone-receptor-positive DCIS may choose to receive hormonal therapy after surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence and to lower the risk of getting a new cancer.

I came home to look this stuff up on-line, having both cancers are not common, I think, but now this places me at a higher risk of breast cancer by way of association, genetics, family history.

Oh yeah, and I DID buy a beer and shared it with my hubby at dinner, it tasted WAY TOO good.

Received an e-mail from an offended sister in Christ, so I apologized.

I’m trying to get ready for a vacation to Canada also, I love to go, but hate to pack.

So as I go into the weekend, on vacation with the ones I love most, I will pray, for my family and friends. Pray for myself to be strong for them.

I really should go to the Psalms more; they just calm me down when I read them

Ps 8:2 – From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

Ps 18:1 – “I love You, O LORD, my strength.”

Ps 18:32 – The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless?

Ps 18:39 – For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Ps 20:6 – Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.

Ps 21:1 – O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice!

Ps 21:13 – Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power.

Blessings on your holiday weekend; be safe and strong, the Lord is with you!

Kristina