Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good News!

Today has been a lovely day, filled with blessings!
 
To begin with, I received a phone call in the morning from the oncologist's office; they, too, received notification of the authorization to see the surgeon (it was the oncologist who put in the referral) and they went ahead and made an appointment for me!  Mid August was the earliest available date, they, said; but that is fine.  I am so glad that has been taken care of for me.

I also received a text from the pharmacy saying one of my medication refills was ready for pick up, without me having to do a whole song and dance number to obtain it!

Later, I called the radiation oncologist's office and confirmed my afternoon appointment.  The nurse asked if I had done the mammogram and I said yes.  When I got there, she said she's been trying to get the mammogram reading results, but, apparently the doctor who normally reads them is on vacation and, although there was another doctor filling in for him, the mammogram done on Thursday hadn't been read yet.  However, when I informed the doctor that we didn't have the reading, yet, he said he had seen the doctor who normally reads the mammograms, earlier in the day.  Then, he called him on the phone and got him to pull up the pictures on the computer and do an initial reading.  Based on that initial reading, what I have is an oil filled cyst.  According to my doctor, it is nothing to be concerned about.  Apparently, these things occur after breast surgery, trauma to the breast, radiation treatment, etc., as a result of fat necrosis as the breast heals itself.  I feel so relieved!  It seems that the prayers have been answered and the well wishes have worked!  What a blessing!  The first thing I did was text my daughter to let her know.

Maybe the official mammogram report will be available when I go to see the surgeon.  I'll see what the surgeon has to say - maybe he'll do a biopsy or aspirate the cyst.

On the way home, I bought rice/teriyaki beef bowls for a celebratory lunch.  I had a BOGO coupon, so bought two rice bowls for $6.43 with tax.  I also bought a loaf of bread ($1.50) and some grapes ($1.31 @ $.99/lb) from the tiny little Armenian grocery store that is located next to the Japanese restaurant.   They have the best bread!  I spent $2.81 for the bread and grapes:

August 1 Groceries

After I came home, I said a prayer of thanksgiving at the altar.  Then, I had lunch, and took a nap!  Later in the evening, I put gas to the car and went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication refill (initially, they couldn't find it, as it had been put in the wrong basket by someone who was putting them into baskets by the last name of the patient!).  I also did a quick stop at the dollar store to pick up a couple of items.

I had texted the good health news to my cousin who had requested candles to be lit on my behalf and her mother called to say she was happy to hear about it.  One of my friends called, too, and I updated her.   

Today, I am grateful for:
- Answered prayers!
- Good news about the mammogram results.
- The appointment with the surgeon being made for me.
- The medication refill being made available without too much of a fuss.
- Everyone's support as I climbed this portion of the mountain!

It has been a lovely start to this month!  Once again, thank you for being there for me.

28 comments:

  1. That's fantastic news Bless, you must be so relieved. I am so happy to read this. Your strength through it all has been amazing. Know there is also a candle lit for you on this side of the ocean. X

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    1. Thank you, Jules! I am so grateful for the candle being lit! Yes, I am both relieved and thankful for the news. I feel like I have been given a new lease on life!

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  2. What a wonderful way to start my day with your good news! I'm so happy that you have made it over this hurdle and hope the rest of your appointments go as well. :)

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    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I feel like I can tackle whatever comes my way, next! :) Yes, hoping all the other appointments go well, too (and the official mammogram report doesn't change much from the initial reading!)

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  3. So so excited to hear the good news!!!! Had been so hopeful for a good outcome! Oh I'm so thrilled for you. It's been a long bumpy journey and now you can breathe a sigh of relief. So wonderful, my friend!!!! 😄🙏💕

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I have much to be thankful for. Definitely feeling brighter and happier!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. It's the best news I've had in weeks! :)

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  5. Hooray! I am so happy that you received good news. And that your other appointments/medical related things seem to be going through fairly easily too.

    Yay!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Life is so much easier when the little things go smoothly!

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  6. You must be feeling on cloud 9 - so very happy for you.

    Grew up eating bread very similar to your loaf. I was quite old when they came out with sliced bread and my dad thought it was terrible so mum continued to buy the usual loaf. It was delicious though.

    Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. Yes, I am feeling so happy and relieved and thankful! I, too, grew up eating this kind of bread. Didn't have sliced bread until I was 17 and had left Sri Lanka!

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  7. So thrilled to hear your good news and that you had a smoother day for a change as well.

    I don't usually like sliced bread but a few months ago I found some wonderful sliced bread with seeds and such in it, for a reasonable price, it is made by Rubschlager, a Chicago firm. If you like a hearty bread this is delicious. I made sandwiches with it for friends who came for lunch (after confirming that they liked "seedy" bread) and they liked it, too. It comes in a large half loaf.

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    1. Thank you, Bushlady.

      I am not familiar with that brand of bread, but I shall keep an eye out for it in the stores here. Thank you for telling me about it. :)

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  8. Fantastic news! I am so pleased for you.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I am hoping that your mother's additional tests will be equally good.

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  9. Can you hear an old lady in Ms shouting??????? Well...that my friend, is me... I am so very excited to hear this wonderful news.. Such a blessing. Prayers are answered.
    Hope you have a lovely day.. hugs,hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! So that's what I was hearing! I wondered! :D

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    2. Smile... hugs and prayers are continuing.

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  10. WoooHooo can you hear us all cheering? Wonderful celebratory day I'm in wonder that the pharmacy managed to produce your RX with a minimum of drama. Even the Armenian store had a preferred type of bread! I think Dancer should get a treat to celebrate too.
    Cheers
    Honour

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    1. Thank you, Honour. Yes, the pharmacy actually came through, this time! LOL. Dancer got his catnip filled sock - that's enough of a treat for him! :)

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  11. BIG time relief! Whew! I haven't commented because I have been worried about you and didn't want to project that worry unnecessarily onto you! Prayers of gratitude!

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    1. Thank you, Joy! Yes, a big relief and definitely prayers of gratitude!

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  12. I am so happy that you got good news...what a relief!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Yes, a big relief!

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