Thursday, March 05, 2020

Shirley's Adventures


Ten days ago, Mom sent an email to us letting us know she had found a lump in her breast. Her local doctor thought it was suspicious and referred her to the Edith Sanford Breast Center in Sioux Falls. Her first appointment was at 10:30 on Monday, March 2nd.

I drove to Canby last Sunday and we went to Sioux Falls the next morning. Not only did they get her in a little early, but by 12:30 she'd had a mammogram, an ultrasound, and a biopsy. They were reasonably certain with those tests that it was some kind of cancer and they didn't see any evidence of lymph involvement which would be very good news. The tumor is 1.2 centimeters (less than half an inch), but it will need to be removed surgically. 

Mom reacted as I thought she would. She shrugged and said, "What are you going to do?", it's just something to deal with and she had all the nurses and doctors laughing. She told them we were going out for lunch and wondered if she could have a glass of wine. When they said yes, she wondered if she could have two.

After a most delicious lunch at Grill 26 (Minerva's), we drove back to Canby to wait for a call about the pathology. Not too many details yet, but it's invasive lobular carcinoma. You can read more about it here if you like medical information: Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

The next day, the surgery center called to schedule Mom for a consult with a breast cancer surgeon. She will likely get more details then, like the staging and recommendations for treatment.Mom's appointment is Monday, March 9th. Cousin Deb and Larry are coming out to Canby from Minneapolis to take Mom to this appointment. I'll update here as more news becomes available.

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2 comments:

Mamelah said...

Thank you for the updates. Sending love and praying. ❤️

Anonymous said...

Dang! If anyone will come through this with flying colors, it will be your mom! Keeping you and her in my thoughts.

Deb H