Friday, January 28, 2011

On My Way to Caregiving

My mammogram and sonogram caused great concern yesterday. The last time I was checked was in 2008 and I had to have a biopsy then. Yesterday I saw with my own eyes while I was laying down my right breast on the sonogram. There is a huge mass there. That breast is misshapen now and I just assumed it was from the December 19th crash with the DUI driver. But maybe a lump was there before the crash as my new doctor suspects.

Yes, this breast was a concern in 2008 when it was checked. But I didn't go back to have another check. What have I been doing since 2008? DH helped me write a book--I read it to him. Also since 2008 I have had a growing concern about my husband's dementia, and didn't book yearly mammograms.

According to this link we women over 55 have a greater chance of getting breast cancer. I did not know this before looking it up for this post.

Sue who has been invited to write on this blog, has had breast cancer recently and it was very difficult for her as her husband's Alzheimer's caregiver to take care of him and go through her own procedures. I believe she is over 55. Love you, Sue, and miss seeing you. You had to quit work to take care of DH and now he has cancer also and I heard you haven't told him about his cancer. You don't even have time to get on the computer now and you always told me your faithfully read this blog! Must visit you and have a front porch chat.

Next week that breast with the massive growth, that I just thought was sore and swollen due to seat belt injuries in the crash, will receive a biopsy. Gotta take care of this caregiver ME!

Feb. 2. No biopsy! It was hematoma caused by ruptured blood vessels at the time of the crash! It will get better after time! Thank you LORD!


  1. I have also been praying about this.

  2. As terrible as it was to be involved in the car accident, it looks like the good thing that came from it......, you are now going to the doctor and have this checked out.

    I'm praying for this to be a benign lump!

    I'm so sorry you're having to go through all of this, you have enough on your plate without this worry.

    Hugs, prayers and love being sent your way!

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with you for positive results.

  4. I will definitely pray for you Carol.

  5. My prayers are with you for a good outcome on your biopsy. I too, have had breast cancer. I went through treatment, chemo and radiation. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 5 and a half years ago. Thankfully he was still pretty high functioning at the time and did all the driving. It will by 5 years for me in June and all my tests are good. My husband of course has deteriorated and no longer drives. It was quite a time for us. God is good and has let us each be there to help the other when needed. I pray for strength to meet the needs of the future. Blessings to you

  6. My prayers are with you sister.

  7. Martha and Carolyn, Thanks for coming by PLANTCITY blog. Martha, love your story and yes indeed we need HIS strength to meet our needs in the future. Thanks also to Carolyn who is praying. Will post news of the biopsy when it comes in at the bottom of this post or perhaps a new SAGA post. That biopsy is today, Feb. 2 at 1:45.

    Ruby, Dolores, Diana and Umve can also look for results in Feb. Scripture on my Facebook notes.

    Here is today's Facebook Scripture highlights: Ex. 15:26 If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you. Ps. 27:1, 4, 5 The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid: The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble. . . . The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

  8. Oh my! How did I miss this post? I'm so glad that it ended up being nothing serious! Take care of yourself!

  9. Great news!! Giving thanks to God for this gracious news!

  10. Oh.. my! Yes, thank you Lord!

    I'm about 3/4 of the way done with your book. I've been amazed at the similarities of your journey and mine in so many area. I have been learning similar lessons about my people pleasing, perfectionist, prideful tendencies. I also came to some similar conclusions on Joyce Meyers. Thank you again for this wonderful gift.

  11. Oh, Carol, I am so glad, so very glad that your biopsy turned out well. I literally held my breath as I read this post and then heaved a great sigh of relief at the end...God is so good. Praising Him with you.