Archive | May, 2015

Biopsy (6/23) – appreciate your prayers!

20 May

Another Lipoma
I’m writing this post to mostly remember what went on at the doctor today. I have a tendency to forget and want to make sure I have it written down somewhere in case I need to go back. I went to see my breast surgeon today. A couple of weeks ago I found a lump under my mastectomy scar. I read online that if cancer comes back it usually will show up near the mastectomy scar so I made an appointment to get it looked at. I don’t know if that is true, but Dr. Google said it. Anyway, I saw my doctor today and he did an ultrasound. He believes it is a lipoma. A lipoma is a non-cancerous lump of fat. Nothing to worry about. Unless you are Jayde. Unfortunately, my first lump was cancer even though it was a lipoma. BUT, he really believes it is just fat, not cancerous. But, last time he said there was a 2% chance it was cancer.  He wants to watch and wait right now. He said my cancer was very aggressive and my lump tripled in size very fast. So, if this is cancer the size of it will change rapidly. I will see him again soon to see if it has grown.

Another biopsy and removal of neurofibroma
While I was in his office, I asked him if he could recommend a surgeon to remove a lipoma I have on my lower spine that has been causing pain. My gynecologist confirmed a few weeks ago that it was a lipoma.  He seemed excited and told me he would do it. Lol! He did an ultrasound to take a look at it . While he was looking at it on the ultrasound he kept saying things like, “interesting”, “that is strange”, “wow”…..I was getting a little nervous. The reason for his comments was because he could see the different layers of skin, subcutaneous layer, fat, muscle, etc and when he would go over the lump one of the layers would disappear. Apparently, it was surprising. He believes it is a spinal neurofibroma. He thinks he can remove it all and would like to at least biopsy it if he can’t get all of it. I am scheduled to have it removed on June 23rd. I will go back on June 26th for the results. I would like to ask for prayer. He thinks the reason for my pain is because it is sitting on a nerve on my spine. It could take my pain totally away when he removes it….or it could make it WORSE. Will you pray that this removes the pain I have and that my pain will not increase? Also, that the biopsy will come back benign.

Lastly, I’m in the midst of one of my pain episodes that they cannot figure out the cause of. It started the night of 5/18. The last one ended on 4/11. I’m entering this here so I remember later. Pain is in my upper chest, neck, ears, underarms, spleen, lower back, behind elbows and knees. I also have been running a low fever (99.5-100) for the last 2 days.  I took an 800mg ibuprofen yesterday and it took some of the pain away, but not entirely. They usually last 3-11 days. I’m hoping/praying for 3 days this time. Not 11.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and for caring/reading my posts.

Mayo Clinic

6 May

My oncologist is considering referring me to Mayo Clinic for a 3-day workup.  They just cannot figure out what is going on with my lymphatic system and he thinks that the Mayo Clinic will be able to figure it out.  Anyone out there been a part of one of these types of things before?  I’m just wondering what I will experience.  Also, he wants me to go ahead and have the laparoscopy to remove the large ovarian cyst beforehand.  I don’t know if I want another surgery so I’m thinking about it.