Thank you all so much...
Rather than retype it alll.... here is the email I sent to my family yesterday... kind of says it all and gives you a flavor for who we are:
I know that sending an email is not the best way to disseminate information like this, but it seems to work pretty well for our family, so here goes.
Linda had an abnormal mammogram and ultrasound last week and had to have a needle biopsy of a suspicious lump in her breast. They were also concerned about the lymph node under her arm so they biopsied that too.
We got the results yesterday and it is a good news/bad news thing. The bad news is that they did find malignant cancer cells in the breast lump. But the good news is that there is no sign of it spreading to the lymph nodes.
We also caught it early, which makes a difference.
We are going to speak to a surgeon on Monday to get more information, but from what we surmise so far, it will mean having a lumpectomy to remove the lump and perhaps some chemotherapy and other pharmaceuticals to bolster that. But again, we don't really have all the information yet and I will certainly keep everyone posted (or as Linda says, keeping everyone abreast of it...).
No, we haven't lost our sense of humor. Last night for dinner we had boob-shaped pasta with chicken breasts. As her Cousin Florence (in her 90's) was fond of saying whenever chicken was served, "Each part strengthens a part". We can only be grateful it wasn't rectal cancer.
We also got the results from our cat's urine test on the same day, and unless there was a cosmic screwup, we're pretty sure it's Calvin whose kidney's are functioning normally and Linda has the breast cancer diagnosis.
Also, we have not told Caitlin and Justin [bc folks: my kids, 14 and 16, living across the country] yet as we want to have more information before we speak to them personally.
Post Edited (FrankB) : 12/8/2004 11:42:39 AM (GMT-7)