Welcome & Thank You for Visiting

Welcome & Thank You for Visiting

On August 16th, 2011, three days before her 44th birthday, Connie was diagnosed with "Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Grade 3". In other words, breast cancer.

Battling cancer, no matter what form, is a difficult and frightening time for both those with the disease and their loved ones. Having strong moral support is important for everyone involved.

As the reality sinks in and we adjust to the new landscape, we realize we can't do this alone. We're reaching out to ask you for your moral support as Connie prepares to do battle with breast cancer.

Through this blog, we'll post updates on Connie's progress and offer a place for you to send words of encouragement and messages of support.

The burden of added medical expenses on top of day-to-day living expenses is mountainous. As a family, we're doing everything we can, but still it isn't enough. We're calling all angels who might consider donating to a fund for Connie and her family to relieve some of the stress so that Connie can concentrate on her recovery and get back to doing what she does best as loving mother, partner, sister, caregiver and friend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Test results

Hi Everyone,

Test results came back from the surgery. The nodes removed from under Connie's arm were found to be negative, which is good news. That tells us the cancer is contained within the breast. The cancerous tumor was removed during surgery. There are still some questionable spots that should be removed and tested. An MRI has been scheduled and should provide additional information and also determine whether the other breast is affected at all. Nothing was found during the first ultrasound. A second surgery, after the MRI, will be scheduled to remove the questionable areas on the one breast's perifery, followed up by radiation therapy. In the meantime, a second opinion will be sought to confirm what we think we know so far. At this point, Dr. Adam Dachman, the surgeon from Upland Hills, feels that Connie is on the right track and could very well be a candidate for breast conservation, meaning a mastectomy may not have to be performed. So we're back to waiting...

Connie is still experiencing a fair amount of pain from the first surgery. The tumor removed was approximately 6 cm by 4 cm deep. She's experiencing some numbness in her arm, which is said to be termporary.

Connie would love to hear from you. Post a blog! If you're having trouble, let us know. I think you have to sign up or become a follower in order to post a blog. This is my first time with blogs, so if anyone out there can shed light on this, let us know through a post.

Thanks for your prayers and well wishes.