Tonight marks the end of the seventh night of Jasmin’s cancer.
What a ride it has been.
Here is what we know. . . .
October 15th -
Fine needle aspiration was taken from Jasmin’s right breast and lymph nodes.
October 17th -
Initial biopsy results showed a malignant grade III tumor in Jasmin’s right breast. We immediately went to the hospital for additional ultrasounds of the tumor and tissue under Jasmin’s arm.
October 18th -
Jasmin’s lymph nodes were biopsied again. She had her liver, kidneys, spine, neck and chest scanned for any additional tumors. Doctors were limited in the resources they could use due to the fact that Jasmin is at the end of her second trimester. However, upon completion of all these tests, EVERYTHING came back clear. Including the lymph nodes. Praise God. . . some good news.
October 19th -
We met with another oncologist and begin to see the makings of somewhat of a game plan for attacking this awful disease. It appears Jasmin will have to receive chemotherapy and she will need surgery to remove the tumor. The question becomes how and when to each of these two necessities. As of Friday, we will be meeting with an additional surgeon to gain more insight.
October 20th -
This has little to do with treatment; however, it does show God’s constant work. Jasmin wanted to get out of town before the inevitable chemotherapy or surgery in the following week. Additionally, she wants to get family pictures taken before she undergoes surgery or begins chemotherapy. She calls Amber Walters and low and behold, Amber is going to be. . . at the coast on Saturday.
Getaway (check), family pictures (check). Thank you God for the little things too!
October 22nd -
Meeting with surgeon in San Antonio confirms our thoughts that God is leading us towards chemotherapy before surgery. Jasmin’s oncologist requests additional biopsies of the tumor and we schedule surgery for the 23rd to implant a medi-port. A medi-port is a device that is used to administer the chemotherapy.
Below is a rough diagram of what the device looks like. The part with the tape and bandages is only there when the drugs are being administered. Otherwise the part illustrated under the tape is actually under the skin as well. More information can be found as this hyperlink: http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/chemotherapy/process/how
October 23rd -
Jasmin is biopsied in the AM and undergoes surgery for her medi-port at 1:00 PM. All goes well and Jasmin is now comfortably sleeping as I finish this post.
We will be meeting with a high risk OB on Thursday and Jasmin is scheduled to begin chemotherapy on Monday morning.
Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for us and the doctors. Pray that we are making the right decisions in accordance with God’s will.
Thank you for your prayers and support.