The Transfiguration

The Feast of The Transfiguration took place on August 6, 2015 and that happened to be the first treatment day for Theresa.  We went to the UA Cancer Center and she settled in for the treatment and on the road to recovery.  There was a bit of uncertainty about the treatment, especially side effects of […]

Another Trip To The OR

The surgery to check the lymph nodes took place in July and it went well.  Dr. Viscusi was able to remove several lymph nodes for pathology and her initial review was they appeared to be normal.  Again, we entered into a waiting period. The results of the pathology came back and they were negative, in […]

We Have A Plan

We met with Dr. Livingston on July 16, 2015 at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson.  He spent time explaining the pathology report, explaining that we had good margins and explaining what the preferred treatment plan was. The treatment plan was to have 4 cycles of Doxorubicin Hydrochloride (Adriamycin) and Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan).  These […]

Learning A Whole New Vocabulary

The follow up appointment with Dr. Viscusi rolled around soon enough.  We met with Dr. Viscusi at her office and she brought in the final pathology report.  It turns out that the tumor was actually a breast cancer, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  The hormone receptors were tested and they all were negative.  Both Theresa and I […]

I’m Not Sure What To Do With You

These were the words spoken by Dr. Viscusi when Theresa met with her.  The pathology report was still inconclusive due to the sample size and was still saying the lump was not breast cancer.  Due to this, Dr. Viscusi decided to remove the lump and margins around it, while not removing any lymph nodes that […]

Leaving for Pittsburgh

Due in large part to Theresa’s comments about not canceling my trip, I was set to leave on the evening of June 13.  We had a meeting with our parish finance council that morning and we ended up telling the council members about the diagnosis. Our parish priest, Fr. Rankin, gave Theresa the anointing of […]

The Envelope Please

I was set to leave for Pittsburgh for 2 weeks beginning on June 13th to begin schooling for the Byzantine Catholic Diaconate.  There was a scheduled appointment with the OB/GYN to review the results of the biopsy.  This appointment took place a few days before I left for Pittsburgh. When the Doctor came in, he […]

I Think I Found a Lump

With those six words, our life was about to take a detour from where we were going.  Earlier that day, Theresa had volunteered at Ryan’s school for water play day.  They put her on the waterslide which she had to hang on to the sides to not fall down. She came home tired and sore […]