Growing up there were many things I looked forward to saying:
"I have a new car!"
"I am graduating!"
"I am getting married!"
"We're buying a new house!"
"We're going to have a baby! And another! And another! And another! And another!"
But never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be saying:
"I have cancer . . ."
"I am a SURVIVOR!"
I just talked with the doctor's office late this afternoon. The doctor said the final report is not in yet, but he received a preliminary "verbal" report from the pathologist that he (my doctor) considers to be 90-95% sure.
The diagnosis (which will be finalized tomorrow) is b-cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is a type of cancer of the lymph system. It can happen anywhere in your body where you have lymph glands, and mine just happened to take up residence in my chest. According to one of Don's good friends/former boss who had Non-Hodgkins, the b-cell type is faster moving, but also more curable. I personally haven't done a lot of research on it yet, so that's about all I can tell you.
He went ahead and told me so that Don and I could be discussing our options and talking with others about who to see (an oncologist) and where.
Obviously, this is not what we hoped to hear, but we realized it was not out of the realm of possibility.
Please pray for Don and me as we make decisions regarding treatment. And for our kids, that they will be able to cope with whatever is to come.
Thanks for being there.
I am sure I will need you all more now than ever,
4 days ago