I'm not a blogger, far from it. What I am is a sister; a pretty scared one.
August 22, 2014 marked one year from my sister Becky's second surgery on her road to recovery. Her double mastectomy was a huge part of this journey and she was proud to find out after surgery that there was no cancer found! She was just starting to feel "normal" again. She made it through summer with the kids, lots of park trips, fireworks for the 4th and back to school. We had our sister, wife, mom, daughter, niece and aunt back!
Most importantly, she was healthy.
And then in the blink of an eye, she wasn't.
We were all smacked in the face with how real cancer is, again. How scary it is, and how even more scary recurrent cancer is.
I would say mid-August, Becky started to feel a bit...off. The doctors ran some tests and determined she has an underactive thyroid, which was making her a bit sluggish and tired. So she started a new medicine for it. Around the same time, she started feeling a little dizzy and off balance, but thought it could just be her body adjusting to the new medicine.
After an incident while on vacation in California at the end of August, Becky decided she needed to get more tests done as soon as she got home. So when she got home on Tuesday, she had appointments already made for Wednesday. She had an MRI on her brain. And a full body scan.
The doctors called back with her results immediately and asked for her and Tony to come in to the office.
They were then told that Becky had a small tumor on the right side of her brain, which was pressing on a nerve causing paralysis on her left side. It was caught early and they were hopeful they could treat it.
Let's just be clear, what Becky has is not brain cancer. She has metastasized breast cancer, on her brain. The same very aggressive breast cancer she had before.
The treatment plan is to do what is called Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. It is outpatient and non-invasive. And could be done in 1 to 5 treatment. However, it takes time to prepare for it since it is so very precise. They must plan carefully so the radiation affects only the tumor and not her brain tissue.
The wait for radiation, while short, has been excruciating. I thank God for our mom being here, as well as our Dad, Tillie, Virgil, Enza & everyone else who has been by her side to help her through this (and a huge thank you to Papa Guy for so selflessly giving us his wife back for the time being we love you Papa).
Becky's physical health has declined quickly. She is unable to walk unassisted due to the left side paralysis, her speech is slurred, and she is extremely fatigue and sleeps most of the day. Some symptoms are side effects of the steroids she's on, and some are because of the tumor and where it it is pressing on her brain.
She requires constant care.
Right now, doctors are unsure of the outcome of her physical well being, or how her personality will be effected. The tumor is what they described as "limb - threatening", and we've been told due to where the tumor is located, it could take awhile for Becky to return to her "normal" self again. Her likes/dislikes could also be altered.
However, our main concern right now is treating the tumor and getting rid of any possible cancer. We will trust that God will heal her from everything going on with her body right now and that she will be back to herself sooner than later.
Thankfully, we've received news that radiation begins tomorrow morning at 9:30am. She should be there for a few hours.
Please continue to pray for our family.
Pray for healing for Becky and to comfort her husband and kids as well. Pray for Mia and Mateo to try to understand how to process these fears and feelings as they watch their mom go through this again. Pray that radiation goes well and this tumor is gone quickly, and pray for the doctors and radiologists who carefully mapped out this procedure and that it all goes smoothly.
I know Becky, and although she hasn't been herself lately, one thing about her hasn't changed and that is her faith. She has not stopped trusting Him. She has been so humble, even joking in the most saddening situations. She has continued to pray and trust in Him that he would not give her something she could not handle. It's a relief to still see that light shining inside of her even though she is going through so much. I know she'll make it through this just like she did before.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.