Celia approached me very kindly yesterday and asked me to use my blog as a format to inform neighbors and ward members about my health issues, treatments, and prognosis. Apparently, my poor presidency are taking calls concerning me. Sorry, Jennie, Celia, and Ann!
I'm heading back to Huntsman Cancer Institute in the morning for a biopsy. Yes, we have finally made it to step one. I'm shocked at the time, money, and energy it has taken to get to this point. But I'm determined not to curse the delay. The Lord must have good cause to wait. Maybe I'll find out what the reason is. Probably I won't.
I am still experiencing the burning pain in my abdomen, hot and cold flashes, and weakness in my legs, but my biggest complaint is lack of energy. I have to force myself to get up and do stuff. Then I do something and have to sit down and rest. The pressure is increasing in my stomach region, but I'm also feeling it in my hips and pelvis. It's the same sensation I remember experiencing when I was pregnant. It seems to me the tumor is growing and getting heavier. I'll ask tomorrow. Perhaps it's all in my head.
Next Friday, December 14, we'll be back at at Huntsman for surgery if the news is good. To me, surgery next week feels like the best-case scenario. The other options begin with chemo and radiation to shrink the mass before surgery. I just want the thing out of there.
Thank you for all of your prayers, concern, and kind thoughts. I have truly felt buoyed up by the love and faith of my friends and family. Thank you so much!