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They are just boobs, after all

by Melanie on July 12th, 2010

After many more doctor appointments, ultrasounds, mammograms, and biopsies later I’ve learned the following:

  • I actually have 3 cancerous lumps all in the same same breast
  • I am HER2 negative (That’s a good thing)
  • I am BRCA2 positive (Not such a good thing)

Being BRCA2 positive means that I carry a breast cancer gene mutation which greatly increases my risk of getting breast cancer in both breasts as well as ovarian cancer.

In between my appointments and while awaiting test results I decided to do some breast cancer research online and educate myself.  So, when the doctor recommended I get a mastectomy I was oddly enough ok with hearing the news.  The doctor kept looking back and forth at Neil and I as if we must have misunderstood him.  “Ok?  Ok?”, he seemed to keep saying.  Surprisingly, neither of us had too much of a reaction.  I said “Yes, ok mastectomy.  I agree.”   It was such a strange sense of peace that came over me amd I knew that only God could have given that to me.   I know for a fact that only God could have given me this  incredible sense of courage, strength, and peace that I felt then and still feel today.

Taking all of these facts into consideration, I have elected to do a proactive bilateral mastectomy. This will take place on July 16.

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12 Comments
  1. Neil permalink

    Brave. Strong. Courageous. Countless other words can be used to describe your attitude and perspective during all of this. You truly are an inspiration to me, and so many others I’m sure.

    I love you.

  2. Definitely an inspiration. You are a great example of the positive attitude that all the research says makes for a positive outcome. God’s strength, mercy, and peace. Prayers for you all.

  3. Anita Cole permalink

    Melanie,
    Please know that Jim and I are praying for you and the doctors. God knows what He’s doing. It’s such a wonderful thing to read of your courage and trust in Him.
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    And lean not on your own understanding;
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He shall direct your paths.”
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    This has been my life verse for a very, very long time. I know you know it, just wanted to quote it again for your comfort.

    Love in Christ,
    Anita

  4. Travis Williams permalink

    Melanie,

    You know I always thought you were a strong person. You always do the right thing, even when it’s not really popular. We’ve known each other now for almost ten years and I am supremely confident that you will get through this. You have some very special people surrounding you for support and although I am not real close geographically you know I will be there in a second if you need me.

    You have two strong men who need you and a host of friends who can’t wait to see you better. In the meantime I will be there to see you on Saturday. Hopefully, I won’t get a speeding ticket this time.

    Love you lots!

    ~Travis

  5. Brett Jones permalink

    Melanie,

    You are a strong and amazing woman! The Joneses are sending nothing but good Mojo your way!

  6. Krista Tucker permalink

    Mel,

    we send all our love and prayers your way as well, I can’t believe this is all happening so fast and you have such a wonderful attitude about it. Everyone that I speak to that has been in your situation and come out of it all say that the positive outlook works wonders in your recovery and beating your illness. I know you are going to be around for a very long time, there is no other option. We love you and can’t wait to see you and your family again soon! The Tucker Family

  7. Amber-Rose permalink

    Mel, I wish I could be there for you this weekend. My heart and spirit will be there with you and I’ll try to pull in some favors with a couple of angels looking down on us that I know. Sending positivity and love. Hang in there girl, I know you got this =)

  8. Cheryl Robinson permalink

    Melanie,
    We will be thinking of you during this challenging time. You are young, strong & healthy so I know everything will turn out good. With your great attitude your recovery should be fast. Know that we are all behind you. Cheryl & Judd Robinson

  9. Stacy Dover permalink

    Hey mama!!! It is breaking my heart that I can’t be there for your surgery. You know I am there in spirit, and heart. I will be praying & thinking of nothing else but you this weekend. You have been unbelievably courageous through this whole thing. I have been praying for lots of peace for you. You are my sister in heart, and I know you will kick this cancer’s BUTT! I love you to death!

    Stac

  10. Laura Nelson permalink

    Praying for you all the time, sweet Melanie! So sorry you have to go through this, but so glad you have a GREAT God to see you through. Bless your courageous heart!

  11. Pat Nessa permalink

    Hi Melanie, you do not know me but I am your mother’s first cousin and unfortunately we have not stayed well connected in these last few years. However we have stayed connected enough to know when family is needed. I lost my daughter to Melanoma 3 years ago and I am so in your corner with this. I have spent the last 2 years with Relay for Life as a volunteer and county chair. I work for relay so that we can find the cure. I know that you are in good hands; it sounds like you have an amazing husband and strong family support. Please know that I say a prayer for you every day. You will get through this. the survival rate for breast cancer has increased so much in the past few years and the odds are with you. Please rest as much as you can and stay positive. I will be in California sometime in the fall and hopefully will get to see you.

    Love, Patty

  12. Christina Ramirez permalink

    Melanie,

    Your courage is inspiring! It will help you and your beautiful family get through this. Art and I are thinking of you and praying that your recovery will be quick.

    One step at a time you’ll get through it! (Speaking from experience.)

    Christina and Art Ramirez

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