Update: I just got home from seeing the breast surgeon. Part of the news was great; the other part not so great.
A: The tumor was small, she got it all and there were clear margins. The lymph node she removed showed no signs of cancer and so no more breast surgery.
B: I showed positive for HER2. (HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes the growth of cancer cells. In about 1 of every 5 breast cancers, the cancer cells have a gene mutation that makes an excess of the HER2 protein. HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer.) Which means as I understand it, cancer cells could be elsewhere in my body now or at some time in the future. So we talked a long time about my choices and options, and I will have tough decisions, decisions that no one ever wishes to have to make, in the weeks and months to come. She did say that the cancer may NOT be elsewhere and it may NOT ever be elsewhere, but there’s that unknown to worry about. There is always an unknown about life and death so upward and onward is all any of us can do.
I do know, however, that God is in control and it ain’t over until He says it’s over. So I’ll will pray daily that He’ll rid my body of this “beast” as well as read this quote over and over again that I posted on my blog not too long ago.
“We are meddling with God’s business when we let all manner of imaginings loose, predicting disaster, contemplating possibilities instead of following one day at a time, God’s plain simple pathway. When we try to meet difficulties prematurely we have neither the light nor the strength for them yet.” ~Elisabeth Elliot
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31 ✝