Friday, September 01, 2006

D Day

After spending much of the week on the phone giving everyone updates I decided to start this blog. This way when you're wondering what is going on with me and my healing process you can just log into this page and read my journal entries here! :-)

For those of you that didn’t know I had found a lump in my breast at the beginning of the month of August and went to see about it right away. At that time I was told that it was nothing to be concerned about and they thought it was fibrocystic breast disease. They said to come back if it wasn’t gone in a few weeks. I promptly went back at 3 weeks and was scheduled for an ultra sound and mammogram on Friday August 25th. After looking over these results the radiologist recommended that I come back in for a biopsy on Tuesday August 29th. I went in to do a biopsy this past Tuesday (which was a nightmare). It was an ultra sound guided needle biopsy. The radiologist was using a new core needle instrument that was supposed to take multiple samples at a time. After giving me shots to numb the area they make a small incision in the side of my breast and guide the needle to the right area via ultra sound. When the needle is in place it mechanically goes in and out 5 times to take the samples. When the doc had taken the instrument out it had only obtained one sample. So they tried it again. After the 2nd time they took it out and it hadn't taken any samples. They decided to do it the "old way" which was one needle at a time, one sample at a time. Finally the tried and true method worked and I spent the rest of the day with ice on my chest and vicadin every 4 hours.

I got my test results back Wednesday August 30th, the twin’s birthday, and it is official. I was diagnosed with infiltrating breast cancer. At that time I had an appointment with a surgeon on Friday. It was a new surgeon to a group of doctors in Fort Collins. I had thought about that a lot on Wednesday night and decided that I would prefer to see a surgeon that was recommended to me since I couldn't find out anything about the surgeon that I had an appointment with. I call my nurse and she said she would try to get back to me sometime that day.

In the meantime I was still unsure who I was going to see for an oncologist. My girlfriend Courtnee graduated high school with a girl who is a nurse at the Front Range Cancer Center. Courtnee had called her on Wednesday to see who she would recommend seeing. Lisa said that if she were to ever get cancer she would see a doctor that she works for, Dr. Medgyese. On Thursday morning Courtnee called and said that Lisa had talked to Dr. Medgyese and she agreed to see me that day if I was interested. We went in to see her and her suggestion was to start doing chemo right away instead of surgery since my tumor is so close to my chest wall. They want to see it shrink before going in to remove it. Before we left her office her nurse had been able to schedule me with the surgeon I wanted to see in 2 business days. I guess it pays to know the right people. It was such a blessing to be able to get in right away to see the oncologist and I feel very confident in her abilities. I feel like Heavenly Father really guided me to her.

The current plans are to get a port placed in my chest next Wednesday which will require surgery, and then start my chemo treatments on Thursday. Things have just moved so fast, but I suppose that is a good thing. My first round of chemo will be once a week every Thursday for 12 weeks. Dr. Medgyese said that I will loose my hair within 3 to 4 weeks. This is defiantly the part that I am having the hardest time with at the moment. I just want everyone to know that it has meant so much to us to see the outpouring of love and concern for our family. All of your well wishes, offers to help, notes and cards just mean the world to me and it is truly awesome to know that so many people are thinking about you and praying for you! I won't ever be able to thank everyone enough. I will try to post something every few days or when new things are happening.


vwbabe said...

Good luck with chemo Eliza! I will be thinking and praying for you. Thanks for doing the blog. I appreciate knowing what is going on. Love ya, Jen

Lisa said...

Been thinking a lot about you & you're for sure in my prayers. Sounds like things are going great as far as doctors & appointments & getting things moving. Great idea doing a blog! Stay strong & yell if you need anything! Guess all the convention stuff turned out for the best huh? lol

jna4sander said...

Call if you need anything E I am always here for you and I Love You and your family. J~

Carole said...

Thank you for sending me your blog. Great idea! I want to do something for you. You need to let me know how I can support you and your family, no matter how big or small. You're in my thoughts and prays.

Bart and Linda said...

Eliza, Bart and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Love, Linda and Bart Kunz

Cindy said...

We are thinking about you every day. Good luck w/ the Chemo.
Cindy & Family

Rebecca and Jeff said...

I hope every thing goes well on thursday and I will help with anything that I can. You know how to find me. My husband and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bev said...


Thanks for the blog! Good Idea! We will be thinking about you and praying for you! Please remember we are not far away and please call if you need anything at all!
Bev and Family

Coleenwaite said...

I am so sorry you have to go through this trail. You are in our prayers always. Good Luck on Thursday!
Coleen & Family

JP said...


Your definately in our prayers! Were are thinking of you; so please don't hesitate to call if you need anything!

Your are beautiful everyday, and no cancer will ever change that!

Love ya,
JP & Zach

Saundra said...

Our thoughts are with you as well. I'd be glad to babysit for you whenever I can. Emily always loves having kids over to play. Take care of yourself.--Saundra

Kisha said...


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are such an amazing mother, woman and person...
Please let us know if we can help!
All Our Love,
Kisha, Curt and Zachary

nina said...

Eliza, You have always been strong and I know you will make it through this. Thanks for thinking of all of us by doing this blog. And I can remember when you hardly had any hair as a little girl and you were still cute as anything and I know you'll be beautiful anyway. I love you lots and always have. My prayers are constant for you. Call anytime! Nina

Greg and Marcus said...

So sorry to hear the news, but glad we did so we can keep you and the family in our prayers.

Greg and Marcus