Sunday, August 1, 2010


Talk about a confusing bunch of papers!!! These Pathology Reports are like hyrogliphics!!! Is that a real word??? Anyway, I got my "Final" Report on Thursday; and I spent hours and hours trying to decipher it all. All I can say is "thank you Lord" for "Google" and for "BreastCancer.Org" It all makes my heart hurt for the gals who didn't have these things at the tip of their fingers not so long ago. So, the "Internet" gets a "check" for being one of the "good things" in this situation I've found myself in :)

You're probably wondering why that sweet, kind and wonderful Dr. Levy didn't decipher it all for me. I was actually wondering the same thing and I think it's due to the fact that he knows it's time for the Oncologist to take over. He's also been focusing all of his intention on this "infection" that won't go away. It's still a mystery too, but it did make him make the decision to remove the "drain tubes" and I'm so very happy to report that I didn't feel a thing!!! He also removed the staples, which went just as smoothly. Boy did I ever thank our Heavenly Father for all of that :)

He decided to change my Antibiotics, which I thought was doing the trick Saturday during the day ... but I'll be a son of a gun if the fever didn't start back up again last night. It's starting to piss me off now (LOL).

Anyway, it appears that I have "Triple Negative" Invasive "Ductal" Carcinoma with "Lobular Features;" and Dr. Levy feels we are dealing with a Stage III (that's the one thing he said on Thursday). Quite a change from that first Pathology Report from the Biopsy!!! Dr. Levy's office, unfortunately, confirmed the accuracy of this on Friday. The "Triple Negative" means that there are no "hormone" receptors; and it, therefore, will not respond to the "Hormonal Therapies" available to most Breast Cancer Patients today. It also means that it is more "aggressive" and the "prognosis" is not as good. It apparently represents only 15% of the Breast Cancers today; and I'm guessing it means I'm in for some chemotherapy ... the good news though is that they have found that it "responds" very well to the chemo :)

I meet my new Oncologists tomorrow at 3:00, and I don't think I've ever looked forward to seeing a Doctor so much in my entire life. I am sooooooooo anxious to find out where I go from here ... to find out what's in store ... to find out when I might get my "normal little life" back.

Thank you all sooooooooo very much for your prayers!!!! I can't tell you how much we appreciate them :) Oh and I'm happy to report that I sewed "one" hexie!!!I didn't think you'd wanna see a picture of that one lone soldier (LOL), but it sure means there's hope yet :)

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8)


  1. Jan,
    You are in my prayers and will continue to be. Please keep us updated.
    Big Hugs,

  2. Jan, I am so proud of you keeping a positive attitude while going through this. It's so easy to dwell on the negative. You are continually in my prayers as well. I'll send many more today while you're with your doctor.

    Take care,

  3. Jan,
    It was good to hear that you made a hexie. Of course you can post a doesn't matter that it is only one. ;)

    I continue to keep you in my prayers and glad you will be starting your treatment soon.

    "I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16


  4. Thank you for the update. I am just catching up with some blog posts, but oh, how I wish I would have read yours sooner. My heart is feeling for your heart. I know when I heard that I had triple scared the "you know what" out of me...and to be honest, some days it still does. Your right though TN is very responsive to chemo. Don't let the stats scare you...Our God is bigger than numbers. Please email me or leave another post on my blog if you I can be of any assistance. My prayers are with you!!

  5. Praying HARD for you Jan !!!! and keep sewing those hexies ..... we WANT TO SEE PICTURES !!! That's your assignment ..... make hexies !!!

  6. Thinking and praying about you!
    Big Hugs,

  7. Oh My Gosh girlfriend*! I am so sorry to hear that you have become a member of this club that none of us ever wanted to join, but nevertheless, here we are. The first thing I will tell is to keep up the good spirits and keep looking for and expecting good reports. No matter what you have to go through in ways of treatments, YOU CAN DO IT*!!! I will be checking back to see how you're keep us posted and just know that we will keep up the prayers*!

    (((Hugs, Love & Prayers)))


  8. I feel somewhat caught up now and feel for you in all this. What a difficult journey this has been. I hope they figure it all out soon and get you on the road to treatment and recovery.