There are two purpose for this post. First, a friend is in desperate need of prayers. I haven’t asked her permission to share this info here so I’m not going to share real personal details. Second, even though our medical system is fantastic, there are cracks and we all need to be aware of the inner voice that speaks to us.
Let’s call my friend Pinky!
A couple of years ago, Pinky found a lump in her breast. She went to the doctor, who is the same doctor I used when I had benign lumps removed 20+ years ago. He’s a great doctor and I would still use him. He did a needle biopsy which came back ok. The more Pinky thought about it, the more she wanted the lump “outta there”. After much prodding, the doctor removed the lump and it was malignant. They did the lumpectomy and she had radiation for sure and chemo too I think. She ultimately received a clean bill of health.
Some time last year, her breast began to do strange things. It got real hard and felt hot. The doctor explained it as having something to do with scar tissue. She had a mammogram which was fine. After a while, a weird spot appeared on her breast. She went to a different doctor. She ended up having more tests . . some kind of scan . . and it was determined she had Inflammatory Breast Cancer. If you aren’t familiar with this type cancer . . read about it here and do more research. I’ve heard that many doctors aren’t up on it and it doesn’t usually show up on a mammogram. They did chemo (or radiation . . I can’t remember) to reduce the mass and then removed the breast. This was all within the last six months. When I was in town the end of October, she had no hair but was feeling good and was happy. I asked her “what next?” because I didn’t know if she had more treatments to go through. I’ll never forget her response . . I’m going to live the rest of my life and enjoy each day of it! Not happening!!
A few weeks ago, there were more problems with the breast. She saw the doctor this week and the report was not good. It’s very bad! My heart truly breaks for her. I cannot imagine going through what she’s already gone through and getting the report she received and facing what she’s facing.
If you’re so inclined, please pray for my friend. She needs strength to fight this fight.