Sunday, August 1st: While doing a self-breast exam, I found a rather large, hard and tender lump in my right breast.
Wednesday, August 4th: I went to my primary care physician to get the lump checked out. While I was there, they took my blood pressure (as they always do) and it was too high for the 4th visit over the last 6 months. So I was put on BP medicine. Started out with a 10mg dose of Lisinopril.
Thursday, August 7th: BP "through the roof". Back to the doctor. EKG. trip to the E.R. Pressure brought down after a stay in the hospital for a few hours.
Wednesday, August 11th: Mammogram and ultrasound on right breast
Saturday, August 14th: Spent the day at Stamp Fever's Grand Opening, came home, settled in, took BP three times every 15 minutes, BP over 200, back to the E.R. Now on 50 mg of Atenolol plus the 10mg of Lisinopril. Back home at 2am
Tuesday, August 16th: Biopsy of Tumor
Thursday, August 19th: Results in - Cancer
Saturday, August 21st: Primary Care Physician (Dr. Lin) called to tell me he was so sorry to hear about the results and that he would be praying for me. He also increased the Lisinopril to 20 mg. Said I needed to get my blood pressure down for any surgery I would have.
Monday, August 23rd: Breast MRI
Tuesday, August 24th: Results back from MRI. Further investigation needed for the incidental findings in both breasts. Why do they call them "incidental findings"? and if they're incidental what's the issue? Some good news! So far the cancer hasn't spread to the lymph nodes
Friday, August 27th: Bilateral Mammogram - pulling and tugging for 14+ (I lost count!) photos and another ultrasound. Mammogram found three "incidental findings" on the left breast and one on the right. Ultrasound? - couldn't find a thing after 40 minutes of applying and reapplying jelly and moving that paddle around. After waiting in the t.v. room with other women clad in hospital gowns for another 30 minutes, I was told I could leave.
Wednesday, September 1st: Appt. with the breast surgeon
Monday, September 13th: Appt. with the Hemotologist/Oncologist
So that's my new journey so far.
So here's the "Outpouring of Love" part of this post . . .
Lezlei Young for planning to come out and play caregiver when I have my surgery . . . Linda Bucci for going with me to one of my scarier appointments . . . Linda Ledbetter for the "special edition post" on her blog August 20th and checking in on me and making me laugh or smile every day with her e-mails and tweets :) . . . and this evening I went to my mailbox and it was just bursting with well-wishes of encouragement!
A big THANK YOU to my friend Eileen Bellomo from ART SAVES LIVES for the Art Angel you created and sent to look out for me and hold the prayers you have for me. She is just gorgeous.
Thank you Lynn Stevens (from Trash to Treasure Art) for the simply BEAUTIFUL book you made for me.
Thank you Terry Horrall (from the ATT Yahoo Group) for the "Encourage Your Hopes not Your Fears" magnet you made for me to display, and the Hope, Live Trust tag. Both are just wonderful creations that I will live by.
Thank you Judy Wood (from the ATT Yahoo Group) for the pretty handmade card with the thoughts and prayers enclosed. x o
Thank you Mary Joyce (from the Scraps of Color Group) for the beautiful handmade "You've Got a Friend" card.
Thank you Carolyn Summers from Carolyn's Creative Whims for the gorgeous card and supportive words! Nice meeting you Carolyn :)
And to all of you that have called, e-mailed or prayed for me from afar, thank you thank you thank you!
Now let's get back to making some ART!