The Best News Blog Post EVER!

As many of you know, I had my first appointment (after surgery) with the Oncologist was yesterday.  


I was prepared with my list of questions for the doctor and gave my cousin Pam (she went with me to the appointment) a little notebook to take notes.


With the pathology report in hand, the Oncologist informed me of the following:


My larger tumor (I had two) in the right breast was 1.3 cm


My margins - also known as "margins of resection," refer to the distance between a tumor and the edge of the surrounding tissue that's removed along with it.  When a tumor is removed, some tissue surrounding it is also removed. The tumor with surrounding tissue is rolled in a special ink so that the outer edges, or margins, are clearly visible under a microscope. A pathologist checks the tissue under a microscope to see if the margins are free of cancer cells.  My margins? - NEGATIVE!  That means that there were no cancer cells found in the ink!


Her2 status:  The HER2 gene plays an important role in cell growth and development, and status is characterized as HER2 positive or negative in the pathology report.  My Her2 status? Normal/Negative!


Grade of my cancer:  2 out of 3 - most common.  Like golf, a low score is better than a high score.


Stage of my cancer:  Breast cancer is staged between Stage 0 to Stage IV.  My stage number is 1, which means that the tumor was smaller than 2 cm (1").  No cancer found in the lymph nodes in the armpit or outside the breast.
Some types of breast cancer depend on estrogen to grow.  Anastrozole can stop tumor growth by blocking estrogen production.  I will need to start taking Anastrozole in a month (after I heal more).  I will take this pill for the next 5 years.  Of course there are side effects like hot flashes, arthritis and bone health issues, but HEY, everything has side effects RIGHT?


But here's the best news EVER!! . . . No Chemotherapy and No Radiation!


After hearing the Oncologist say those words I looked at my cousin and then back at the doctor and repeated what he had just said to be sure I was hearing correctly.  He said it again . . . No Chemotherapy and No Radiation!  You can only imagine my JOY as I type this blog post today.


Thank you - each and every one of you that has been by my side and will continue to be by my side during this journey to fight breast cancer.  I want you to know that your continued thoughts and prayers mean more to me than I can ever tell you!  X O X O  

53 comments:

Peggy Alborn said...

YES, YES, YES! Thank God! I'm doing the happy dance in Florida, Sherry!

Dorthe said...

Sherry, I`m so happy for you, -congratulations, and big hug- for this wonderfull results.
Happy week-end.
Dorthe

Kelly Kilmer said...

Sending much love!

Nancy said...

It is PART-AY TIME!! Hallelujah!!!

Terri Kahrs said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!Prayers were heard loud and clear1!!! NO CHEMO!!!! Yayyyyyyy!!!!!! Blessings, Sherry!!!! Hugs & Love, Terri xoxoxo

Brenda said...

WONDERFUL, SHERRY, WOMAN YOU BEAT THE HELL OUT OF THE OPPONENT IN THIS RING!! I AM SO
HAPPY FOR YOU, I KNOW YOU COULD HARDLY GET
YOUR FINGERS TO TYPE RIGHT YOU WERE SO HAPPY!!

Jane Wetzel said...

Sounds to me like...YOU NAILED THIS CHALLENGE GIRL!!!! YAY! Blessings to you..and KEEP CREATING YOUR WONDERFUL STUFF!!!

CuddlyBunny said...

WOOHOO!

You're so amazing even cancer knew it couldn't beat YOU!

Congratulations!

Scrap Vamp said...

Congratulations! I am so happy to hear that news!

Gloria said...

Congratulations dear, I am so happy for you! Yay!! Way to go! Now get out there and do it! Life is good! God bless you and he did.

Hels Sheridan said...

Sherry hunny, YOU DID IT!!! YOU beat its ass and sent it packing and I AM OVER THE MOON happy for you... what amazing and wonderful news... I can only begin to imagine how awful this past few months has been for you... and the pill you gotta take... you can join me with the hot flushes and menopausal moments.. they are great cos you can blame dippyness on them LOL BIGGEST SQWISHIEST hugs for you ... I am SOOOOO darn chuffed for you xxxx

Linda Ledbetter said...

YAY!!!!!!

YAY, YAY, YAY!!!!!!

Oh, and,

YAY!!!!

SO, so thrilled for you, doll!

Terry said...

That is wonderful news, but without hardly knowing you, I knew you would kick C right in the ass and out the window! Happy Days!!! Now you just need to take care of yourself and heal and hopefully you won't have too many problems with the meds! You learn to live with hot flashes and the good thing is that Fall is fast approaching! Big hugs!!!

Very Mary said...

Hot. Damn. Woman.

Rita said...

Si, Oui, Yes, Ya, Da! So happy!
HUGS from Rainbow. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OVERJOYED to hear your FABULOUS news, Sherry!! SOOO very Happy to for you!! NOW Back to ART!!!

Tonya said...

wow sherry, that is great news...

scrappin-scrappin said...

That is fabulous Sherry!!! I hope the meds won't effect you to bad!! Congrats!!

Michael said...

So, So happy to hear this!

Sue said...

Sherry, I'm overjoyed for you!!! BEST news definitely!!

Hugs,

Sue

That Girl Ang said...

ABSO-FUCKIN-LUTLEY AMAZING (please excuse my language) but hot-damn I'm excited! Yeah!!!!!!!


Ang


WOW... I'm speechless!


wow!

God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

flutterbycrafter said...

I am sooooo pleased for you, well done you. Upwards and onwards girl. xx

Sandra said...

Sherry, I got chills for you your news was so good. Healing is happening and things are going to be good!!
Sandra

SusanK said...

Shedding tears of joy for you and yours at this wonderful news! Keep the good fight, kiddo! From the corn and bean fields of IL...I salute you!

Kathy Eddy said...

Crying happy tears as I read these words! That's the best news ever! Oh, the power of prayer!

Helen said...

That is just the best news! I am so pleased for you, the side effects of the pills beat hands down all the other treatment you could have been subjected to. YAY. Have the BEST weekend!!

Sandi M said...

Sherry, this is such awesome news! I'm ecstatic for you :) As for the 5 year pill. What's a little hot flashes? We all get them sooner or later. Now, go create art and celebrate!

ellen said...

WOWWEEWOWWOWWOW!!!!! I am SOOO happy for you Sherry!!! That is amazing news and I know you will be celebrating BIG TIME!!! We'll all be with you to the very end of this battle, and you're KICKING BUTT!!! I know you will have a GREAT day! BIG HUGS, Ellen :D

Karen said...

So pleased for you: That is all mega good news.
Hugs Karen xxx (ATT)

Dorothy said...

What an excellent post!
I am soooooooo happy for you!!!

MarleneMAZ said...

So, so happy to hear this news!
Thanks for updating your blog to let everyone know. Will be thinking of you on your journey to full recovery.

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh Sherry, That is just the best news!!!! no chemo or radiation! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO. Way to kick the big "C" ass.
Congrats to you big time!!!!!!
hugs Lynn

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

You said it first, Sherry -- God is Good! And he does hear our prayers. I am so, so happy to hear this news!

BarbaraW said...

Such wonderful news. Prayers and a positive attitude--wonderful medicine!

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Congrats on the GREAT NEWS, Sherry!

Thanks so much for posting the details, too. What a great opportunity to become educated on this subject!

inge said...

Hello Sherry,

THIS IS good news !!!
I'm so glad for you that everything is turning in a good way after the bad news past summer.

I think you are someone who already cherishes life and enjoys every minute, but I guess you will enjoy it even more now.

Savour every minute like it is your last, but hopefully there will come a lot more after this...:)

greetings from belgium
Inge

Nancy Lynn said...

I am soooooooooooo happy for the report of no chemo and radiation. Prayer has been answered. I have been thinking and praying for you through the journey so far and will be here for you to the end. Wish you nothing but the best.

KAT said...

WOW this is FABULOUS news! You must be so relieved and feel very blessed! Here's to your continued good news and a little cyber hug to wish you well (we all need hugs right?)

Tami Roth said...

HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!

Renee said...

AWESOME NEWS!!!!

So very happy for you!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Fantastic result. I'm always so pleased when cancer has a positive outcome, compared to years ago.

I met an aquaintance yesterday who had exactly the same experience that you have had. It's a timely reminder to me that I should go and get checked out too.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Elaine A said...

Sherry -

That is just such wonderful news! I am so very happy for you and I will keep praying that things continue to go well for you. God Bless!

Elaine Allen

KateB said...

I'm teary eyed...for all the good reasons...wow! That is awesome news...just don't overdo the next leg of the journey :) Take care of yourself :)

Robin said...

Outstanding Sherry! Jumping for joy over your great news!! I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,
Robin

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I am so SO excited for you! We were all rooting for you, this is awesome news!

Rochelle said...

woohoo!!! Awesome news!!!!!!!

Mary's Museum said...

Fabulous News keep up the great work.
but look after yourself too.

homebase2008 said...

This is the best news! Congrads! I wondered if you got my RAK and cards as I have not seen that mentioned. Hope you can relax a bit and play more! cher from ATT

Judy said...

I am jumping for joy at this great news!!! Hooray!!!! My happy dance is in progress!! I put a badge and wrote about my breast cancer experience on my blog today. Mine had a good ending. So did yours!!! Thank goodness and the good Lord! I am so glad to hear that you do not have to have chemo and radiation.

We cannot stress enough the importance of having regular mammograms and doing self examination. VERY IMPORTANT tools in catching breast cancer before it gets out of hand.

Nan said...

Yay Yippee Hurray! Oh Sherry I am just so happy to hear your news! I am so glad you don't have to so chemo and radiation....onward to better and better days! :) Nan

Lezlei Ann Young said...

Excellent news! So happy for you!

Artyjen said...

Not just amazing but unbelievable news! :)
xoxo Sioux

Nancy said...

I'm praising God along with you! I couldn't be more happy for you, my friend!
bless you!