Monday, July 13, 2009

FINALLY Some Good News....

Around 2:00pm today, my doc's office called to advise me of the results of last Tuesday's biopsies. They did remove two tumors, but they referred to them as something like adenoids or fibroid "stuff" - but what I actually heard was - "highly unlikely to turn into cancer, so we will not be testing the lymph nodes in your left arm". YAAAHHHOOOO!!!! (flip, dance)

As you can imagine, it was all I could do to contain my joy! THIS is good news indeed. I still do have breast cancer, but I sure am feeling better about it today than I did yesterday. This means that for right now only the one breast has it - that is until during surgery when they check the lymph nodes. BUT I have more hope than I did yesterday, and I am actually "feeling" like it will not be in the lymph nodes of the right breast....although I will continue my mantra of "please be negative, please be negative"....

If it isn't, my cup will runneth over.... I realize the seriousness of my situation and I do not take it lightly - these small steps are HUGE and I will relish each tiny one and thank God!!

Thank you, prayer at a time.

With tears in my eyes, I cannot humbly thank everyone enough that you continue to lift me up in prayer. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and I know that I am only borrowing this body. But I think he's listening to us.....thank you!!


  1. Arla,
    That is great news. I pray that the news gets better and better in the days to come. Keep fighting can and will overcome this bump in the road. I think of you often and as always will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please do not hesitate to call if you should need anything.

  2. Arla,
    This is such wonderful news! Prayers do work and will continue to work thru the complete journey your are embarking upon. I think they keep changing your surgery date to keep you guessing and to keep the anxiety away as much as possible. Keep the faith we're all here for you always. Jeri

  3. Yes, Indeed - I think you are right. My team leader said she'd have them play some great music for me in the OR, too! Thanks for the support! We'll post everything here after the surgery!

  4. 2 Poems for you from me (but not written by me)

    I Carry Your Heart (by E.E. Cummings

    I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
    I am never without it (anywhere I go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling).
    I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
    I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
    And it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.
    Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.

    I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)


    This one you know and I'm sure have read many times, and it's one of my favorites:

    Footprints In The Sand

    Last night I had a dream and I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

    After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

    This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow You, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there as only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

    The Lord replied, "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

    It is great to hear the good news and I truly believe it's not just a "coincedence" that happened today and other times when good news is served to you, it's (for the MOST part) the power or prayer.

    Love you bunches,