Sue & Kelsie, Karen & Linda, Kris decided to play. Never too late to send your photos!
Linda met with her oncologist today- after an exam and looking at her pathology reports- her ONLY option at this point in the game is surgery to remove the tumor.
GOOD NEWS: Her current biopsy had a depth of .6 mm- he indicated anything under 1 had a good chance of needing only surgery. The cancer and a margin of normal-appearing skin (usually about ½ inch) around it are excised (cut out). It is out patient, she will come home and go back in 2 weeks. The cancer and surround area are sent to pathology- if the edges are cancer free- we are done (pray for this outcome).
If it comes back in those areas she goes to a second surgery where they are more radical and remove more area to include the lymph nodes in the groin. This procedure is called an inguinal lymph node dissection. Usually only lymph nodes on the same side as the cancer are removed. If the cancer is in or near the middle, then both sides may have to be done.
BAD NEWS: Linda’s has crossed the midline so she would have to have both taken out. The result is one week in the hospital followed by radiation.
We went today and had all her pre op tests done and she is scheduled for surgery January 25 at 9:30 AM.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center again has ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey. Since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals, and it has ranked first 13 times in the last 16 years. We are going to -The Shawnee Mission Cancer Center who is proud to be a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, the only network affiliate in Kansas and in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Many cancer specialists at the Shawnee Mission Cancer Care are certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network and now can access a wide range of care resources developed by MD Anderson, including disease-specific and evidence-based treatment guidelines, safety practices and professional education.
I think we are in the best place possible, with top notch people so we will take all the prayers you got for now. Thanks.
Linda has been getting all her physical appointments (dental, mammo,physical) done and out of the way. During one of her exams the doctor did a biopsy on an area that would not heal. She received news yesterday that it came back as cancerous. She will see an oncologist at the end of the month (first available appointment) and we will make a plan at that point. The doctor did tell her she will probably need surgery to remove the area and then have radiation. We will know more after her appointment. We can use all the prayers you got! Thanks.
Started my day with this little one- many more birthday wishes to follow- Thank you all!
As always…Kris took me to Cascone’s for birthday dinner – (Veal parm, spiedini and pappardelle) You even get a birthday ice cream cake for dessert!
Some of my gifts…Kris gave me a guardian angel, got a tree topper angel from Kay/mom & dad (took the check and gift card) and a Namaste mug from Culver’s- good day!
Thank you for all the birthday wishes and songs and gifts and thoughts- I feel so loved and blessed!
Christmas for the Bailey’s at Nick’s house. Tree at Kelly’s.
Kevin, Kristie & Silvie are in Charleston with the Gordan’s.
Scutella’s in North Carolina.
DiSanto’s and Carroll’s plus Katie at Nana & Poppy’s house.
Karen & Linda celebrating with friends (Ed & Jan and Patty).
Pictures shared from Thanksgiving from our family…
Our neighbor Jan bought us this gift (Close To Me)- she said it reminded her of what we looked like after we got married-we love it.
1 Year- August 29
Let’s all wish Linda a very Happy 65th birthday! This is a 3D butterfly Ed & Jan got her for her birthday!
Linda & I went camping for a few days- she needs foot surgery (plate put in left foot) and I had a colonoscopy- we decided to go chill. Very relaxing- some fireworks and her brother won a YETI cooler which he gave Linda for her birthday! I read 2 books in 3 days- in the past 3 weeks I have read 5 books! We are home now catching up on house chores- still very hot here.
I read the first book awhile back- it is a series with the same main characters- I enjoyed them if anyone is looking for books to read.
Silvie is growing and learning- learned to shake hands and loves her Story time!
Silvia’s new obsession-BOWS!
Kelly got 1st place Mid-Season Championship for Saturday night Mod Lite Hurricanes!
Nina won another beauty pageant- beautiful little girl! (Though we don’t need a pageant to tell us that).
Looks like Nina is getting lots of loving this weekend- Sarah is home!!!