Things work out

The phone rang at 8 AM. My son, Jay, said, "Hi mom, I wanted to let you know I will be praying for you and dad today, and I'd like to have coffee with you." I said, "Thank you, son. We'll have coffee together soon." He said, "Well, if you will open your front door, we can have coffee now."

On the first day of my radiation treatment for breast cancer, he decided to surprise me and drove two hours to be at my house in time to have coffee with me.

While we were having coffee, I told him that the morning before he came, I f...

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Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy

Two days before I had surgery to remove a malignant tumor from my breast, I had a panic attack. I didn’t know whether to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy.

My doctor wanted to do a lumpectomy, but I have friends who have lived through this awful decision and chose to have a mastectomy.

Research shows that lumpectomy plus radiation to treat women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer offers the same survival rates as a mastectomy. However, a lumpectomy has a slightly higher risk of recurrent cancer.

Still, some w...

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