Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Biopsy Results

All the biopsy results came back cancer-free!! They took out my entire thymus gland, and a piece of tissue behind it, which looked suspicious.  However, both came back cancer free!!
Next, I will be looking at a date to get my Mediport removed, normally a fairly routine operation.  And I think my next set of scans will be in October!

Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and support.  We are truly blessed to have friends like you!

Science Lesson for Today- The Thymus
"The thymus is a specialized organ of the immune system. The thymus "educates" T-lymphocytes (T cells), which are critical cells of the immune system, which includes the lymphatic system.  The thymus is composed of two identical lobes and is located anatomically in front of the heart and behind the sternum ."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Update on Jen- 16-July

I came home from the hospital Monday evening; however, we are still waiting on the biopsy results.  We hope to have them on Wednesday.  Thank you for your continued prayers!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Surgery Update

I will be having surgery for my biopsy at 11:45 today.  Please pray that everything would go on time and as scheduled.  I may be staying overnight at Rainbow Babies & Childrens.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Updated Test Results

So that harmless, we-are-not-worried spot in my chest has turned into a not-so-harmless spot!

After some further consultation, my oncologist have decided that a biopsy of the area would be a good idea.  As a result, I will be having surgery  to get it biopsied on Friday.
At this point I'm not sure of the type of biopsy, or time of surgery, but I do know it will be done by our good friend and faithful Christian surgeon, Dr. Barksdale.

We would greatly appreciate prayers on our behalf.  Please pray that the result of this biopsy will not be cancerous, or anything to cause worry.  We are thankful for the knowledge God has given the doctors, and that they are deciding to act on this quickly.

I'll try to post more details as I receive them!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Test Results

So I had my 100 days/3 months from transplant PET and CT scan on July 5th.  I know many of you have asked about the results, and assured me of your prayers and support.  Thank you so much.  At my only other post-treatment scans, the day after Thanksgiving 2012, my cancer recurrence was found. So you can understand the trepidation with which I had these scans.   The days leading up to these scans were wrought with nervous energy in my family, as we awaited the outcome of these scans.

This afternoon I had an appointment with my oncologist regarding the result of those scans and...they showed no cancer! The CT scan did show a new spot in my lungs, but because it didn't light up in the PET (which would have meant a fast-growing cell group) the doctors are reasonably certain that it is not malignant.  I will have a follow up CT in 2 months to compare with today's results.  Also, this means that we are starting to look at taking out my Mediport! My Mediport will come out after the follow-up CT, so possibly sometime in early September.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and kind words of encouragement.  I know God is the only one to give healing, and I appreciate all your petitions on my behalf.
whom shall i fear
I'd like to include this song that I heard on the way to the hospital today.  It was a comforting reminder to me that whatever the test results, "The God of angel armies is always by my side."

Whom Shall I Fear
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
Matching yet converse bald heads with Anne!