A Medical Update

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Hi friends and family!  Since I’ve been very open with you over the past few weeks in sharing about my little medical situation and last week’s surgery, I wanted to give you an update on my post surgery appointment yesterday and subsequent diagnosis.

During last week’s surgery, additional tissue was excised and sent to pathology for analysis.  After several long days of waiting, we learned yesterday that I have been diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer.

I remember hearing about DCIS last year for the first time when the amazing Cheryl Crow received her diagnosis with this type of cancer.  The good news is that DCIS is highly treatable and has a nearly 100% survival rate.  Mine was caught very early, so that is indeed a blessing.

I will be going next week to meet with an oncologist and will likely be going through radiation, which is the most common form of treatment for this type of non-invasive breast cancer.  That will likely mean six weeks of five day per week radiation treatments, which shouldn’t leave me feeling sick in any way.   Adam was happy that my hair won’t be impacted – he doesn’t want Mom stealing his hats!

I’ll know more after my oncology appointment on Wednesday, but wanted to share this with you now since so many of you have been praying for me.  I want you to know that I’m confident that this will be fully treatable and am not feeling any pain (other than the normal post-surgical kind) or, more importantly, anxiety.  I’m surrounded by people who love and care for me so much and who’ve offered to help in every way imaginable.  I’m hoping that I’ll feel so great during the treatment phase that I won’t have to take anyone up on those offers, but it’s good to know I have so much support and love!

I would ask you for two favors today:

  1. Please keep all of our friends facing health and well-being difficulties during these unsettling times in your prayers.  Please especially pray for the families of our church friends Russell and Craig, who both died this past week.
  2. Regardless of if you’re a man or a woman, please take time today to schedule your annual (or for most of us “once per decade”) physical.  Having lost our friend Craig to a sudden heart attack this week is a good reminder that we Catholic moms need our husbands to be taking care of themselves too.

I’m sharing all of this (and will likely continue to write about this phase of my journey) in the hopes that it will inspire all of us that we are temples of God’s creation – as such precious treasures we need to do all we can to care for ourselves as much as we care for those around us.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

19 Comments

  1. Lisa, continued prayers radiation is not fun and Jenni suspected breast cancer a last year and we were both on edge about it. Continued prayers, keep encouraging the physicals they are important.

  2. Prayers for you Lisa. Grateful to hear things are encouraging. Sending you a HUGE HUG! Know that you can count on us all when you need us. If there’s anything you need, please relay to us.

  3. We have been in your prayer corner for so long… and so intently. Like many of your family, friends, listeners and readers, you know we will be a part of the wind beneath your wings. Was it Carol King who did that album Tapestry? One of her songs came back as this reply is written… winter, spring summer or fall…. all you have to do is call… we’ll be there… you’ve got a (hundred and more) friend(s).

    Once again…. blessings & prayer and love. Tom & Dee!

  4. Thank you so much for the update! May you continue to recover well. And thank you for the annual check up reminder. A lot of people are so bad about that. Hugs from the East Coast!

  5. You are always in my thoughts and prayers as well as your family. Please keep us updated on how you are doing.

    If there is anything I can do to help you in any way, please let me know. ((hugs))

  6. Hi Lisa,

    Praise God that you found this early. Our prayers are with you as you recover and heal.

    God Bless, Cheryl, Mary Catherine, & Andrew

  7. Dear Lisa,

    You are a trooper…so courageous and open with us. God is with you and will see you through this, as you know. He has surrounded you and blessed you with all of those Angels you spoke about. Praise God! You will get through this and will be stronger for it. Please be assured of our prayers and please keep us posted if you can. We love you!!!

    God bless and big hugs,

    Donna

  8. Lisa,
    Well, I guess, it’s no coincidence that our paths have crossed (virtually). My wife, Kathy, had a malignant melanoma removed from her back last year, followed by a repeat surgery for a larger excision. Fortunately, further tests have revealed no other spread of cancer. She did have to undergo another surgery this year to have a mass and a lymph node removed from her breasts this year, but again, no other signs of cancer. I continue to pray for her health — I need that Catholic mom in my family! I will also include you in my prayers.
    May God bless and protect you and grant you peace.

    Happy Advent!

    Gerard

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