October 29, 2008

Totally a work in progress...still!

So here is my wall hanging so far...it's quilted, and embellished but needs a binding, more beading and free hand painting or rubber stamped texture/words to express even more depth of what i was trying to convey. Faith, Believing in the Father, Surrendering to the Holy Spirit in ALL things. To firmly grasp your roots and hang on for dear life, to drink from the puddles that come forth from the rain of God. Let the rain fill your soul with mercy and humility. Surrender to a place of safety and tolerance where one can heal and then re-emmerge to be who they are destined to be, to be who I am destined to be. To be who God intended you to be so that you may indeed help others along their journey. I so hope to pay all this forward some day soon!here is the old and the new MRI's side by side. The MRI on the left side of the picture is the old one from april...you can see the white contrast material is on the right breast, this is the 3+ inch tumor.

Now, you must take a moment to understand that it takes a tumor 10 years to reach 1 cm....mine was over 8!!!...the right image is the MRI taken after the 6 cycles of chemotherapy. The mass is clearly gone and the lymph nodes are all but non exisitant. I still needed the surgery but now surgery should be less messy and less intensive to remove the tumor/mass from my left breast.

So surgery yesterday was far easier...they did do a radical mastectomy and removed 2 levels of lymph nodes. They put in the expander for future reconstruction and added 250 cc of saline to it. another 100 cc of saline will be added next week. I'm lopsided, sore, and very out of it. Here are some more pics of my team...

Dr kaufman, my oncologist, this was taken right before discharge...i look like hell warmed over!Now here is my surgeon, Dr. Rosenkranz...she looks and is like someone that I could go have cocktails with. She's bubbly and straight forward. She is very sharp in her understanding of the disease but treats me like an individual which is priceless!Here is Dr. Collins, she is my plastic surgeon...she will now be the one taking over my care along with her entourage...all those residents that follow behind her coat tails. She is the one that calmed my nerves about having a double vs. a single mastectomy. She said, once it's gone, it's gone...you will be monitored and scanned so much to look for any new abnormalities, but rushing to do a double mastectomy under stress isn't smart. So I agreed. She's so wonderful to give me the gift of time. She also removed a small cyst from my left jawline.
Here is me with my folks, Bill and Sandy...they were with me through it all...that's what parents do, God bless them and their determiation...oh my goshums...my girls better not ever put me through all what I have put them through...but come hell or high water...i will be right by their side through it all.From the bottom of my heart, thank you to my family, friends, doctors and everyone inbetween that prayed for me and held my hand and made sure i didn't miss a meal :) You all know who you are....and it really does take a village...

I feel like i can say that I am moving along in this journey with new courage and new stamina as well as a new quest for who I am going to become. With the Lord as my shepherd, I will surely find my way! Blessings to you all.


  1. Glad to know everything went well! Take care always!

  2. Jodi, I am glad you are doing well. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are an inspiration to many.

    Continued prayers are going your way!

  3. Congratulations on a successful surgery.

  4. Good doctors and supportive family members change everything and make all the difference--lived that, learned that. You're in good hands. I love your smiles and your faith!

  5. I'm so glad your surgery is over and you are doing well!

  6. Hi Jodi,
    My girls and I are looking at your posting and we think you look great! We are proud of you and glad you are home and in good spirits. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Hugs and love,
    Sara, Ella and Em

  7. YAY okay you could have atleast warned us to grab the kleenex ....LOL and no you by no means look like hell warmed over...you look radiant and beautiful! I am so happy your back! I am sending your family and close dear friends all of my love and huge hugs and yes jodi it definetly takes a village a mommy village we are all here for you!
    Lots of love and huge hugs!

  8. Wonderful, Fabulous and Hallelujah! Just free associating here, don't mind me :)

    You look fantastic.

    Love and Prayers ~Lisa

  9. I have been where you are now and you look fabulous for all that you have been through.