"Greg and I want to sincerely thank each person who have been supporting us financially, through prayer, those who brought us meals! The past 10 months have not been easy by any means. I don't honestly know how we got through it without giving credit to our heavenly father. He gave me the strength to get up in the mornings and helped me be as positive as I could be.
This month especially I have moments when I can remember, like it was yesterday, sitting in that doctors office being told I had breast cancer. I remember what I wore, what Greg and I said to each other. I remember Dr. Brady's sad eyes as she spoke with us. I can remember people treating me like I was dying. I knew I wasn't, but the thought definitely crossed my mind.
I used to see that pink ribbon and to me it just was a symbol for breast cancer awareness... but now it means so much more. That pink ribbon reminds me of hope, healing, support from my family, friends, and even people I don't know. It reminds me that I am not alone and that I survived. So thank you for fighting with me.
I want to catch you up to speed...
April 11,2013 I had my last chemo treatment. The tumor had shrunk so much in size that my oncologist reduced the amount of chemo treatments. The tumor was originally 8cm and by the time I had surgery it was 2.5 cm. On May 13th I had a double mastectomy and axillary lymph node removal. Out of the 33 lymph nodes that were removed, only 4 were positive for cancer. After that surgery I went in to visit with my surgeon, Dr. Gorman where I hesitantly asked her if I was cancer free. She smiled very big and assured me she had scraped all of the cancer out and I was cancer free!
Since I had lymph nodes removed I do have a little bit of lymphedema. It sometimes doesn't occur right away but can take a few years but for some reason I noticed swelling right away in my arm. Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms or legs. It's sometimes painful but mostly more annoying than anything. I can do certain exercises and wear a compression sleeve that is helping me manage it.
I had six weeks of radiation and finished that on September 9th. Radiation was much easier than chemo. Because the radiation was targeting my left chest wall and under my arm I did have a bit of problem with my armpit area. I had to take off a week of work and stay home with my arm propped up. The walking around and being with kids all day caused friction from my clothing to rub my arm raw. The skin did break open a little and once that happened we had to delay treatment. She sent me home with supplies, a special cream. I went in a week later and she couldn't even tell I had a problem. Dr. Henderson was impressed with how well it had healed up. (Praise God!)
Next plan of action is to have reconstruction done near the end of December. I met with my plastic surgeon last week and he was very impressed how my skin handled the radiation. Again, we thank God for that healing and protection!
God has been faithful to us and we thank you for being apart of this journey with us."
Lindsey and Greg are so over whelmed by the out pouring of prayer and support. Lindsey has decided to blog this experience so please read her blog if you would like to know how she is feeling and about treatment.
This page was developed for those who would like to help Lindsey and Greg with her medical bills and with words of encouragement along with prayer.
Lindsey was diagnosed on December 13, 2012 with Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma). It is stage 3. This diagnosis comes to all of as a huge shock since Lindsey is only 28 years old.
As most of you know Lindsey and Greg work together at Life School. (How cute is that). Greg is a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. Lindsey is an Instructional Aide for Kindergarten. They have insurance, but we all know insurance doesn't cover everything. In fact, it cost Lindsey $50 for every Doctors visit. Lindsey has several Doctor visits and test and scans planned for the next week. Which means they will soon be out of pocket almost $500.00. That is a lot of money for a young married couple who still have student loans and a 1 year old child to take care of.
There is talk that chemo could begin as early as January. It would be such a blessing if this family didn't have to worry about money while they face this trial.
We are asking for prayers for Lindsey right now, in lieu of phone calls and questions. We will keep this site up to date to let everyone know the Plan Of Action that Lindsey and her Doctors decide on, so please check back.