Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Uphill Both Ways

You know that old saying about walking uphill, both ways?

Climbing © 2009 Paul Tomlin | more info (via: Wylio) Somehow it seems as though my life, these days, actually is uphill both ways.

Before I start radiation treatments, I needed a post-op mammogram.  After everything else, I thought this would be the easy part of the process.

In the waiting room, I was chatting with another woman who was having diagnostic images done.  The tech called her into a room across the hallway, and through the open door I saw her shake hands with the radiologist.  She listened for a few seconds, nodded, then turned back with a smile.

After she disappeared into the changing room, the tech called my name:  "It's your turn."  The doctor introduced himself and shook my hand.  But instead of hearing that everything was fine and I could go on my way, I heard, "Have a seat."

(Does anyone say Have a seat before you get good news?)

The radiologist explained that the images couldn't be easily interpreted.  He said that he would contact the radiation oncologist, and I asked him to bring my surgeon into the loop, as well.  By the time I got home, the oncologist had left a phone message in which she suggested that I follow up with the surgeon.

Later in the afternoon I talked with the surgeon, who had spoken with the radiologist.  (Confused yet?  I am!) I'll see her later this week, so she can look at the films and give me her recommendation.

My gut feeling is that this is just a small bump in the road, and I won't need an additional biopsy.  I hope that's not just wishful thinking.  Please keep praying!  Regardless of the outcome, I have many reasons for hope and joy.
 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:2-3, NLT)


  1. Praying for you. I have been there too. Once they find a suspicious thing they keep proding. Just remember no matter how inconvenient and unsettling it is, cling to God with the tightest of grips. When I went through this, I did it in my own strength, didn't reach for God, and missed the blessing. Praying for God's will instead of our comfort...

  2. Thanks for the update - will keep on praying!!

  3. Thank you for keeping us updated. I have been thinking about you a lot. I will be praying.

  4. I will continue to lift you up in prayer until you tell me to stop! :) I appreciate that you are sharing what is going on because it helps direct my prayer and educates me.

  5. Praying for you, Melissa. Praying for peace for you.

  6. Your post really touched my heart! It is so true when we hit a bump in the road and the upward battle to get to the top. You have a great spirit and know everything will be ok! Many...... many....... prayers your way


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