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My cancer biopsy was NEGATIVE!!!
WHOO HOOOO! Going fishing, now! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Thank you, God and everyone who prayed and sent good thoughts!
I love you!
Happy February! Maybe I wasn't
the first one to tell you, but I did make it within the time frame
of early! Good morning, everyone! Tis nearer Spring than yesterday,
I have never been so excited for Spring. For some reason, I didn't
think I'd be here, this Spring, but I'm becoming a Spring believer!
I may make it!
Even as this biopsy result looms over my head! I have hope!
A long time ago, while my then husband and I were going through
marriage troubles, we went to a counselor to try to save us.
This counselor had a chart on the wall with numbers 1-100. He
asked us to place our finger at the number we expect to live until.
I placed mine on 55. He told us that it turns out to be very accurate.
The more I think about that, how did he know that? Had there been
time for someone to study the results, somehow? Or was he a quack?
So, it's been stuck in my head that 55 may be my end date. But,
come on! How would he know that? At the time, I felt it was better
than the date my doctors stuck in my head. Telling a youngster
that marfan patients would live to 35 or so, is not a great idea
. Both of these opinions! Quackery! They do not know!
I will simply live until I don't.
Even as I wait this morning for my biopsy results, I am not giving
either of these opinions much weight, if any. If they tell me
I have cancer, again, well? Who knows?
Last night, I stayed up way too late, knowing I shouldn't, but
reading the internets about TNBC, (Triple Negative Breast Cancer)
and Micro-Calcifications. Those micro things are the things they
found during my mammogram.
I read one report that said that Micro-Calcifications aren't usually
a predictor of TNBC returns, but then the next article was a series
of fateful stories from women who received really awful news after
finding micro-calcifications on their mammos, and ... well...
you probably know the rest of that story.
After I read those, it was after midnight. I turned off my light,
and fell asleep with the aid of a sleeping pill. Sleep did not
come easy to me, even so, but after I did fall asleep, I stayed
that way, exhausted after a day of fishing with Bill. I woke this
morning, oddly refreshed.
Here I am, this morning, haven woken at 7 or so. I'm wondering,
do I call the office and ask for the results, or wait that fateful
call? I'm scared to death for that phone to ring.
At the appointment, I asked the nurse, "so... when they call,
what are the words they'll use, if they tell me it's cancer?"
Oh, come on, Jennie. What a weird question! But, I wanted to prepare
myself, or something.
Oh, what a lot of worry I'm putting into this for no reason! I
mean, it is what it is, and I can do nothing
about it, either way!
Many of you won't know what I'm talking about, when I talk about
the blue sky days of winter. I have written about it, many times.
That powdery blue, cold winter sky that always made me think of
Steelhead fishing, until... Until my aortic surgery.
There was a day during recovery from that experience, when I wanted
so badly to go out and see the sunshine. I was in my wheelchair,
alone at home, and tried to get out the door to feel the sunshine.
It was so close, but so far away! I was so weak that I got stuck
between the door jam and the rug that sits beyond it, and couldn't
move for hours, until someone came home to help me. It changed
the way I felt about that cold, powdery blue sky for years. Five
years, probably, before I could look up into that sky and again
think steelhead, instead of heart surgery, fear, illness and helplessness.
You know, though, when I left the biopsy, the nurse said to me,
"Well, it's out of your hands, now. It is what it is. There
is nothing you can do to change the results, so just love and
let live." That took a huge weight off of me. So true!
OK. I can do that.
This morning is another one of those powder blue winter skies.
I am not as much afraid of my biopsy results, as I am, losing
the joy associated with winter blue skies.
Today is the day.
- By the way, I just called and they don't have the results, yet.
Oh, that was scary! I was stuttering, asking. I couldn't
find the words! They are waiting on the pathology department.
Shall I call them? LOL
I am so incredibly sore! Anyhow, just sos you know... I have 72 hours to wait for the results, so no need to e mail to ask until then! :) Thing is, I don't know if they count weekends in those hours. I kind of doubt it, but will call to ask
It didn't hurt very much in the office for the biopsy, but it does hurt 24 hours after! I'm bruised and battered.
The ladies were so nice and so gentle, that I don't know how I got into this condition! But, black and blue I am! I was going to drive to the beach, but at this point, I don't think so! Tomorrow will be better, right?
I have such mixed emotions, today! For one thing,
I'm so excited for Spring that I could burst out in bloom, just
like my Daphne bush out front that is nearly doing the same! I
can't wait for that smell, this year. I love my Daphne Odura!
On the other hand, I want to hide. Today is my biopsy. After five
years of being cancer free, they find something. Darn them. Darn
me! Just darnit!
I just keep repeating in my head... "It is nothing. It is
nothing. It is nothing."
It isn't something, is it? I mean, the doctor told me yesterday
that only 15 percent of micro calcifications are cancer, and that
many women over 50 get them. (I'm only 22. Hahahah.)
My appointment is at 12:20 PM. Say a little prayer for me? Please?
I also made the stupid mistake of reading about this type of breast
biopsy on the internet. If you want to convince yourself that
whatever medical procedure you are about to have will kill you,
read about it on the net. :) NOT a good idea!
You'd think these ladies had nearly died!
I have had a biopsy before. In fact, twice. Neither one of them
hurt badly. But, this is a new type and it does take 90 minutes.
90 minutes of anything 'medical' has got to be no fun. True. But,
come on! It can't be that bad. Can it??
I will let you know. You KNOW I will let you know!
I'm half nervously giggling and half giddy about spring. The other
half (I have three halves) is worried and wants to hide.
Good thing David is taking me, and won't let me out of it, because
I might run!
Oh! Yesterday David had my car and I really, really needed something
at the store. I tried to wait for him to come back, but couldn't
wait longer, so... I rode my bike! Do you know what it is like
to ride a bike at 50, when you haven't but gone around the block
on a bike in 20 years?!? Oh, my! I ache from head to toe! When
I was riding it, I was nervous around traffic, and almost couldn't
dismount! My legs were just shaking! The funny thing is that I
walk every day. But the bike muscles have not been used, obviously!
I have been shaking ever since! It was fun, though, and I think
I'd better start doing that bike riding thing more often. Those
muscles are in dire need of a work out!
OK. I'm off to the doc. Please Lord! No cancer!
reminder from Jennie!
Do not burn yourself out!Be as I am - a reluctant
enthusiast...a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight
for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can.
While it's still there. So get out there, and hunt and fish, and
mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the
forests, encounter the Grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely
mysterious and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain active and alive, and I promise
you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit
box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: you will outlive the (bad word edited for this family site!!)."