Saturday, May 28, 2011

Big week

This has been a big week around here.
First I got to come home from the hospital - which is awesome.
Then I got my drains out on Wednesday which helped a great deal with pain/pulling/etc.
Thursday Eric's mom left to return home. And yes, all greatly miss her and I have no idea bow we would have even survived until now without her here to help! I was also able to (finally) take a shower which felt super amazing! Thursday I was also able to drop down to a less powerful pain medicine. Which is good because they all wanted me off the old medicine ASAP.
And Friday, we received the pathology report from the doctor.

It's more or less said what we expected. And yet somehow getting it in writing seemed, well, I don't know - strange, sad, relieving, good, weird, etc, etc.

Anyway, the big news from it is I am stage 3 cancer. We knew it was at least stage 2, and I had hoped it would stay stage 2, but alas, 3 it is. The tumor was just over 10 cm. My understanding (which is still pretty limited) is that this is pretty large. They pulled 7 lymph nodes out. We had guessed that at least one had cancer in it. However 5 tested positive for cancer. This is the part that shocked me the most.

This isn't much different than what we thought, other than more lymph nodes involved. Treatment will be mostly what we thought it would be - chemo and radiation. I was secretly hoping the lymph nodes would end up being clear and so radiation would be taken off the table, but i knew that was pretty wishful thinking.

Anyway, it's been a big week, but overall a good week. :)


  1. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Brandi, Is it possible you can email your addy to me. I am on the list for email updates, Would love to send a lil something your way. Keeping you and the whole family in my prayers. Hope your days keep getting better!

  2. Anonymous8:46 PM

    I don't have anything "huge" to say. What I really want to say is that I just want you to be ok. I will call you this week.


  3. Just want you to know I'm thinking of you and praying like crazy. The Avon Cancer Walk is coming up next weekend and Sue will be wearing your name on her shirt.

  4. It's so amazing the treatments that are done these days. I've met a number of young ladies living life well and fully with stage 3 - breast and ovarian cancer. Just have to stay on top of things.Best to you and your family.

    Diane at

  5. I am sorry that the report wasn't the best news possible but you have been so strong already, I KNOW you'll kick this things butt

  6. Just sending lots and lots and then lots more prayers your way. Because I think that prayer opens more doors and enables more hope than anything else. And that's what I'm praying for: hope for more than we can even imagine. Because if anyone is entitled to it, it should be you.

  7. Boo. Did I mention boo? Lots and lots of hugs for you. I'm signing up for a meal soon - and I have your cookie dough in the freezer. Yum! Here's hoping the oncologist has good things to say for you. Praying for you and sending good thoughts your way!

  8. I'm thinking of you. I haven't been on my blog in a few days, but the moment I got on, I knew I needed to check up on you. I'll still keep praying for you guys.

  9. Hi Brandie, I'm thinking about you and saying my prayers. I hope you are feeling stronger each day. love and hugs, Em

  10. I love you, babe. Sorry it wasn't better news but love you.

  11. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Brandie - we're rooting for you all the way and sending love your way. We're all confident that you will beat this. May all the love sent your way help you along the road to recovery. xo Chris, San Diego


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