Here’s a more detailed update for those of you interested…
There are definitely some “warm nodes” on my chest; however, they are not enlarged and are small. They cannot tell from the PET whether they’re cancer or not. Because they are small, a biopsy wouldn’t be able to tell either. So… the best thing to do is repeat the PET in a couple of months. In the meantime, I will see her in December for follow-up to discuss where we go from here (hopefully nowhere!) and to schedule the PET…
The nodes could simply be reactive to inflammation, and she asked if I’d had any inflammation (bronchitis, etc.) lately. I haven’t; however, with my lupus and flares from that, I’m constantly battling inflammation.
So I am in waiting mode.
For two months.
In the meantime, I will have my surgery on Thursday for an abdominal hernia. It’s outpatient, and he said about a week for recovery. He’s going to clean up scar tissue from all my surgeries while he’s in there, so it may end up being a bit more involved. I never know with my suppressed immune system what to expect with recovery, so I take it a day at a time.
A day at a time.
This gift for this day.
He holds tomorrow in his hands.
(Your prayers and encouragement are a gift I hold close to my heart. Thank you! Some of you have asked about any needs. My friend, Maretta, is coordinating meals for during my recovery, so you can touch base with her. And pray. Going to God is the most you can do!)