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My Pink Journey Update

April 16, 2008 13 comments
Pink Ribbon

First and far most I want to say thank you. Thank you for all the kind comments, words of encouragement, prayers, and other support everyone has given me. I am truly overwhelmed by the response I have received from so many blog friends and crafters out there.

My surgery on April 15 went well and I’m feeling pretty good today.

Second, I must tell you about a wonderful thing that happened before surgery yesterday. Prior to surgery, I was scheduled to have a MRI pin positioning procedure to mark with a wire the second suspicious spot that was found last week on my MRI. The surgeon wanted to remove this also while he was doing the already known cancer tumor. We didn’t know if this second spot was cancer and rather than wait for more biopsies, it was scheduled for removal too.

At about 1 p.m., a regular MRI was performed to precisely graph and mark this second spot. Once the MRI was done, the Radiology doctor and the techs went into the control room to look over the slides to determine the location which then the pin and wire would be inserted around the suspicious spot. This process can take several minutes as they do their calculations and careful location mark for inserting the pin. Many minutes went by. Several of the MRI techs came by and talked and reassured me that they should be done soon but until then I must remain exactly still. More time went by.

Finally the Radiology doctor came up to me, where I lay with my head turned to the side, trying not to move a muscle during this wait. She said, “Cindy, we can’t find it. It’s completely not there, it has disappeared. I looked at her trying to understand the ramifications of this. She said again, it’s not there and we don’t need to do anything further. You can just go to surgery. At that moment, I fully understood and could only say, “Praise God.” I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t speak. Even now as I type this I am emotionally shaken and have tears. I was allowed to sit up finally and was able to tell everyone in the room what I had known for several minutes. I told them it was a miracle! I told them that so many people were praying for me and sending good thoughts that our prayers had been answered. One tech told me that God works and moves in mysterious way which is so true.

So up to surgery where only the one known tumor was removed successfully and two sentinel lymph nodes were removed. Doctor stated that the nodes looked good and he should have the test results on them by Thursday. So keep those prayers and good thoughts coming as miracles and healing truly do happen.

Now on a crafting note, I am finishing up my recycled bag in honor of Earth Day on April 22. It’s a grocery tote bag […]

My Journey Into The Pink

April 12, 2008 40 comments
Pink Ribbon

Sadly I must add a new category here at My Recycled As this post states I have started my journey into the pink. When I say pink I am referring to breast cancer. I recently received the news that I have breast cancer. I feel I am able to post about it now after several weeks of processing the news and coming to the difficult realization that this diagnosis has and will forever change my life.

Once the initial shock wore off and the tests continued, I have been able to get a more full understanding of my cancer situation. The good news is that the tumor is small and was detected fairly early plus I am an otherwise strong, healthy 48 years young woman. The bad news is that it is positive for HER2 neu which is a more aggressive growing cancer and the tumor is invasive with evidence that it has invaded nearby tissue and a nerve.

I have surgery scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, 2008. My doctor will be performing a Lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some surrounding tissue. He will also be removing a “suspicious” spot that showed up on my MRI which he doesn’t think is cancer but wants to remove it to be safe. Additionally he will be removing some sentinel lymph nodes to see if the cancer has moved into my nodes.

I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I will be in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Please pray that the cancer can be completely removed on Tuesday and my lymph nodes are cancer free.

I plan to keep you all informed and will continue making recycled craft projects for this blog. I love creating recycled bags and other green projects and this cancer will not change that. I have a strong faith and am believing that I will be back soon to share good news with you all. Until then, on with my pink journey…


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Hello, Iā€™m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.

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