Details will be posted as they become available. Friends all over the world have followed her “detour” from her goal of getting onto the missionary field. Here is her “my story” posting from her Caring Bridge website:
How this all started…
At the beginning of April I noticed some swelling in my left breast. I was in Colorado for training, so I visited a local clinic and was diagnosed with Mastitis (an infection in my milk glands). However after three weeks of crazy amounts of anti-biotics the doctors began to worry that it wasn’t an infection.
That was the week my life turned upside down. On Monday I visited the clinic worried that I wasn’t responding to the meds as quickly as I expected….and on Thursday I was at the hospital for out patient surgery to biopsy my left breast. The biopsy results came back on April 28th and I was officially diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I started chemo treatments on May 7th and finished them finally on September 24th. I was preparing for surgery at the beginning of October when my world was rocked again and I was told that my cancer has “upgraded” to a stage 4 and my entire treatment plan was sidelined. I now know that I have IBC in my right lymph nodes as well as the left and that it was unresponsive to my chemotherapy. The new treatment plan includes radiation and clinical trials…but all of that is still unfolding…
Its amazing how everything can come to a complete standstill in an instant. Suddenly everything else gets put on hold as we call doctors, read books, research online, send out prayer e-mails, and make phone calls. Hopefully this website will help keep everyone up to date on the every changing journey that is my fight against IBC.
Thanks for all your support and prayers! I am blessed to have such a big “fan club” (as my friend Sandea always says). I can’t tell you how much joy I have received from your cards, e-mails, and words of encouragement.
Keep in touch as we see God’s plan in this unfold. His plans and ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours. This may be a shock to us, but my God knows exactly where this detour is headed.