2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ok, so we have a plan

We met today with Dr. Q and he brought in an associate that he thinks very highly of. Dr. R is affiliated with MD Anderson and has been around for decades. He examined me and then the two of them formulated our attack plan.

I will be going in the first part of next week to have a Port-a-Cath placed in my chest. This will be to administer the chemo through so they don't have to find a vein each time. They will also be placing a marker on the tumor. This will help to show us the area of the tumor in case the chemo destroys the tumor totally. I will begin chemo after Thanksgiving. I will have 2 or 3 rounds of chemo at first. If the tumor responds well and shrinks we will then do surgery to remove the rest of it. If it doesn't respond well to the chemo then a mastectomy will still be on the agenda. I am scheduled to have a total of 6 rounds of chemo--1 every 21 days or so. I will have the first 2 or 3 prior to surgery and the remaining treatments after surgery. I will still have radiation after chemo unless I have a mastectomy.

We feel good with the plan. Dr. Q said he would administer chemo as a systemic treatment regardless of our surgery options due to my age. It just makes sense to try to shrink the tumor and remove a small part of the breast as opposed to just going in and removing the breast entirely in the beginning.

Thanks to everyone for your love and support. We appreciate the phone calls and cards. We are doing well with all of this so far. We are just ready to get the show on the road. The sooner they cure me the sooner we can get our lives back in order.

Oh and the good news for today is that all of my scans came back normal. As of right now the cancer is still contained in the breast. We won't know if it's in the lymph nodes until surgery, but we are encouraged that we did catch it early and I will make a complete recovery!


  1. Yippie for catching it early! It does pay to be in tune with our bodies. I'm gonna start tuning mine better now...smiles...
    I LOVE YOU....janie

  2. Praying for you, Fran!

  3. Hey Fran, sorry about the anonymous thing above. It's me, Michele R. from FIAR and homeschoolblogger.com

    Covering you with prayer, my friend...

  4. Ed Konick, husband to FranNovember 21, 2005

    I am so proud of you. Is one of our daughters new phrases. Well I am too. You are the greatest thing that has happened to me. You love me without conditions. Thanks so very much. I want you to know that I will support you in evry thing. We can and will beat this, it really is just a bump in the road. God is faithful, He has a plan for you. He will see it through to the end. Be strong in the power of His might. I am praying daily and amny times a day for you. I love you, Ed.

  5. I am so impressed with how you are handling this...You are such an inspiration!! Thank you so much for inviting us to share in your experience.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Brandy W. (momsclub)

  6. Oh my Gosh Ed's words made me cry! What a wonderful family you have.
    Fran I have always looked up to you, so strong and beautifull.
    But my goodness you are simply amazing!
    I am praying for you and I know with your attitude you will come through this with flying colors.
    Thank you so much for sharing this Blog with us.
    Carole Z. MOMSClub

  7. Fran, you are stong and beautiful woman. Hair and breasts are do not make you who you are, you are SO MUCH MORE. You, Ed and Emma are in our constant thoughts and prayers. Paxton, Bryan and I are here for you and call us for ANYTHING you need. We love you!!!

    We are thankful to know you.

  8. Fran,
    You are always in our thoughts and prayers and we love you dearly. We can not wait to see you!
    LOVE US.
    Brian and Anna