Friday was wonderful . . . Praise the Lord!

Let me first tell you all what an incredible impact each of you have made on my family in the pass few days. You have shared personal stories of how cancer has effected your life and I thank you for passing on your strength to me and my family as we face this battle.

So here is where we stand as of Friday evening:

  • I have Adenocarcinoma Cervical Cancer and I am at stage 1B1 . . .

In stage 1B the cancerous areas are larger, but the cancer is still only in the tissues of the cervix and has not usually spread. It can usually be seen without a microscope, but not always. In stage 1B1 the cancer is no larger than 4 centimetres (about 1.6 inches). In stage 1B2 the cancer is larger than 4cm across.

Stage 1 cervical cancer is generally treated with surgery or radiotherapy. But if you have stage 1B2 cervical cancer, your doctor may suggest combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

  • Treatment : radical hysterectomy and bilateral lymph node dissection, results in a cure rates of 85% to 90% for patients with small volume disease. The size of the mass is between 3 to 4 cm. A randomized trial reported identical 5-year overall and disease-free survival rates when comparing radiation therapy to radical hysterectomy.

  • They will send everything she removes to a pathologist. Who will let us know if the cancer as enter my lymph nodes.

  • If it has entered my lymph nodes I will have to have a combined approach of chemotherapy with radiation therapy. I will not know this until around 5-7 days after the surgery.

  • I will stay in the hospital for about 3-5 days, then come home with a catheter for 7 days. Yippee . . .Happy Birthday & Merry CHRISTmas to me! NOT!!!
  • Recovery time will be a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • Praise the Lord . . . My daughters do not have a risk of getting Adenocarcinoma Cervical Cancer from me.

Positive things:

  • I got to pick the hospital: Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

Why? Because my Uncle (AKA . . . Unkie) was treated there for his cancer & for my extended family and friends who are Catholic, they should be proud to say Saint Joseph’s is Atlanta’s oldest and only Catholic hospital. Also, my mass is a vascular one (Tom & I got to see it (digital pictures) . . . no wonder I am bleeding like I am.) Saint Joseph’s performs approximately 1,600 vascular surgery procedures per year – more than any other hospital in metro Atlanta and Georgia.

For all my HISTORY / American Girl students at Timothy Ministry . . . click on this link to read about it's History: I thought it was a cool story about caring for others. Kind of like what we do each session at Timothy through our service projects.

Things I am happy about and I hope that you will smile right along with me:

  • I am going to have a pain button . . . every time I feel pain, I can just press it and I will receive some gooooood drugs! :)
  • I am going to have cable for a few days . . . for you who don't know . . . we don't have cable at home. It is always one of the families highlight when we go on vacation.
  • Go ahead be prepared to laugh . . . . At the end, I had one last question for the Doctor . . . she leaned forward, thinking it was an intense question . . . then I said "Does the Hospital have wi-fi in the rooms?" Then the room was filled with laughter :) Got to have my lap top.

Tom and I are so grateful for your support through your prayers . . .keep them coming. We will update you more after Monday when we will be given the date of the surgery . . . it will be with in the week.

Resting in HIS arms,



He And Me + 3 said...


Thank you so much for the update. I will keep you in my prayers. God is so good and faithful. Please keep us posted about the surgery.

Rhonda said...

Praise the Lord Trina that things are moving so fast!! I know that surgery is going to be hard and it makes Christmas and your birthday hard, but just think about this time next year!! :) You will have even MORE to celebrate than ever!! Your faith and peace during this time is such a wonderful testimony of God's grace and love.
Thank you so much for the update. You are in my mind constantly and our family is praying for you.
God bless you!

Tammy said...

I am sorry to hear that you have to have surgery so close to the holidays but praise God it will be taken care of soon.

Prayer & {{{HUGS}}},

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a Christmas present! Just know that you have an army of prayer warriers behind you helping all along the way!!!

I'm not sure how much blogging I'm going to be doing, but I wanted you know that I'm thinking of you and visiting you often.

Have a great weekend.


MrsMomma said...

Thanks for the update, Trina!


Named Alicia said...

I hope everything goes well with the surgery. I will be praying for you!

Lori said...

What a blessing they got you in so quick. Know that we are lifting you up in prayer (and the kids and Tom too). Remember, I'm here to help when you need it.

Love ya

Anonymous said...

I hope you get well. I'll keep you in my prayers. Merry Christmas!
Love, Priscilla Joseph

bubbebobbie said...

Praying for you. You will be up and enjoying your family before you know it. Just imagine how lovely it will be to have someone else doing the Dishes for you after Christmas dinner!

Of all the instructions they give you, pay attention to the NO Driving part. It is REALLY important. Do not rush your healing.

Because of Jesus, Bobbie


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