Spreading Good News (Part 335 – My Breast Cancer Journey: Step 2)

I was recently (June 2011) diagnosed with breast cancer and will be blogging about “My Breast Cancer Journey.”

If I can inform or allay the fear(s) of just one female, this journey and the documenting of it will have been worth it!  By the way, men get breast cancer, too.  If you have breast tissue, you can get breast cancer.


It’s important to have the love and support of your mate as you make this journey.  I am blessed because my man is giving me both, as he stands beside me and behind me!  It would be a whole lot harder—on many levels—without him.  I’m very thankful!


And I want to acknowledge the outstanding care that has been provided to me by my care givers, starting with my Primary Care Provider, Dr. Stanley Tu of Pasadena, California, Dr. Jon Foran from the Huntington-Hill Breast Center, and Dr. Dawn Hills (my surgeon), Director, Surgical Breast Oncology at the City of Hope Medical Group.






My Breast Cancer Journey:  Step 2

During my visit to Dr. Tu in June 2011, when he told me that the mammogram showed a small “nodule” in my right breast, I told him about my message from God or one of His angels.  We both smiled when I told him that the messenger didn’t say I’d NEVER have breast cancer.  I guess I wanted to believe it to be life-long.

Oh, well, back to reality.

My next step was to have a needle core biopsy.  That made me a bit nervous, but I figured that others had gone through it and survived—so would I!

June 23 was “biopsy day.”  It was a breeze!  Really!!  The worst part was the injection to deaden the breast, and it wasn’t as bad as the injection to deaden your gums for a root canal or a tooth extraction.

I felt nothing during the actual biopsy procedure.  I was relaxed and comfortable.  Using a computer screen, the doctor guided the instrument to the nodule and cut three snippets.  He told me when to expect to hear the “click” as the instrument made the cut.  I heard it, but didn’t feel it.  The entire procedure took less than 30 minutes.

The nurse placed an ice pack over the biopsy site (a little bigger than a needle prick mark) and gave me instructions on how to keep my breast cold for the next several hours, which helps with swelling, pain, and discomfort.  The instructions said to use frozen green peas.  Yep, green peas!  Had to buy a couple of bags of frozen green peas.  They’re very pliable and work wonders as an ice pack.  I divided the bag into smaller bags.  And my bra worked wonders in keeping it in place.  That did the job—I had absolutely no swelling, pain, or discomfort from that day to this!

The next day—on June 24—the doctor called to tell me that they found cancer cells in the biopsy specimen.  Awww, crap!

I was instructed to make an appointment to see Dr. Tu, which I did.


NOTE FROM JOYCE:  Prayers and good wishes are welcomed.  Feel free to leave a comment and/or send this link to others.









About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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3 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 335 – My Breast Cancer Journey: Step 2)

  1. FunDesign2 says:

    Hold on to what the ANGEL (Messenger of God) spoke to you. They are seeing your HEALED state! So yes, I could possibly see the point being that it didn’t say you wouldn’t ever have it (cancer/TRIALS) but the MESSAGE was you are HEALED. Or having obtained your victory even if the report given wasn’t what you expected. Girl that is an awesome testimony of having Angelic visitation. I love that God SPEAKS to us, even TODAY!

  2. Vince Berry says:

    You are always in my prayer’s and I love you very much. interesting when you say Green Peas, wow, but whatever it takes to get the job down and you were satisfied with the soothing it gave you . I am so glad you felt no pain at all. God Bless. love you

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