When doing the surgical procedure, called an Upper Vaginectomy they removed an area 2 1/2 cm x 6 mm. Of this, pathology confirmed there was only 2 mm of Cancer! The rest of the specimen was believed to be Adenosis (normal healthy tissue) and Fibrosis (A-typical cells that they believed was like hard scar tissue). They said they went as far to the right as possible without taking any of the rectal wall, and as far up as possible without taking any cervix. The tumor had been biopsied and confirmed twice by a lab that it was malignant tumor/Cancer so this is amazing news!
As if this were not enough, the tumor board met yesterday and determined that they could not identify any reason to proceed with further surgical removal OR radiation at this time. I'm just going to glow little radiation seeds at the airport scanner now for fun!!!
I am in remission and back on surveillance!!!
The Doctor said that after the team leaves the surgery room following a Total Pelvic Exeneration they always feel horrible one way or another, but this time as they walked out they were smiling and all agreed there MUST have been an ANGEL in that room!
We've had our prayers answered and we know that Jesus was in that room. I literally put out my hand and closed it around His in the bathroom and said, "Let's go Jesus. I need you!" I'm so glad we have such a personal God, because I'm certain he was carrying me down that hall at times.
The verse I claimed when I announced my cancer color as purple was Psalms 20: 1-5. I'll be carrying this verse on a VICTORY BANNER and SHOUTING FOR JOY at the Relay for Life tonight at 7:00 PM. All of you locals can come and cheer on my Cancer Posse of SURVIVORS and I in the Promenade Mall's survivor walk if you are free! I'm going to finish even if I crawl across the line!!
"In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
May he grant your heart's desires
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers."
Thank you God for taking my hand and choosing to spare me from this difficult surgery and the long recovery afterwards. As all sinners, I am no more deserving of this gift than anyone else. I'm humbled and grateful for this borrowed time. Thank you for everyone's prayers! Now, go shout for joy too!