This week was one of the most difficult ones of my life. My husband Keith lost his job (last day on Friday) and I was told that same Friday that the lump removed on my forearm the week before looked like cancer-- "a soft-tissue sarcoma" according to the lab report-- with the potential to metastasize to the lungs. (I've had an unexplainable month-long cough.)
After a few days of grueling, all-consuming fear and shock... not having the emotional and physical energy for anything other than sitting in my chair and waiting for the phone to ring... facing the huge uncertainty that my life may be shortened... having to see the fears and tears in my children's eyes... touched by the overwhelming support, love, and concern I received, along with the power of prayer and fasting from our dear family and closest friends... meeting with an orthopedic oncologist yesterday and getting my questions answered...we finally received word this afternoon that the pathologists consulting at UCLA determined that what initially was thought to be a sarcoma tumor actually is a benign tumor that can mimic cancer, and often gets misdiagnosed as such.
I am relieved and so thankful for the reminder that life is a precious gift. That those that love you most will be there for you through thick and thin. That miracles, big and small, happen every day.
And finally, an important FYI, my friends: please don't ignore those weird lumps and bumps!
Hi, I'm Emily!
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