This past Tuesday we learned that I (Kelly) have breast cancer (wouldn't be Dan now would it! : ). Anyway, as you can imagine, it came as a real shock for both of us, as something like this really was not in our plans. (I'm not sure it is in anyone's plans! ) Now, more than 48 hours later, we are absorbing the news and dealing with things as they come, one day at a time, and I; for one, have way too many things to do to let this thing get me. Things like girl scouts with Katey, bike rides with Sam, piano lessons and the COUNTLESS other things I'm planning for my life.
But, I will not lie. This has been a roller coaster ride of the scariest kind. Emotion, fear; both rational and irrational, cold sweat reactions, waiting for results, watching my children, night pacing, deap breathing, making tough choices...I could go on, and on, and on.
What we would like is to keep this blog updated with as much information as possible to keep our friends and family informed. Surgery, which is the first and foremost treatment for this disease, won't be scheduled until all of the tests have been conducted. At this point, my final MRI will be today and after looking at the results for that I will be in the hospital for what will most likely be a masectomy of the left breast. I will be in the hospital for 3-5 days and will have a recovery period of 2-3 weeks (an estimate at this point, of course). The prognosis after surgery is also a waiting period - to find out the stage of the cancer and post-surgery treatment options (radiation and/or chemotherapy).
I think that is it. Please make your comments and questions for us to the comments section of this blog or to our email. We are already Verizon's very best customer this month! All support, prayers, positive vibes, vodoo dances, and dice rolling are accepted, warranted, and appreciated!
This is definitely the hardest post/email I've had to write, as it makes this very real. But, with your support and prayers and God on our side, I am confident that we will finally see the silver lining we are looking for...
With love and hope,
Kelly, Dan, Katelyn, and Sam