The journey really begins…

95615640It was five weeks ago today that I got my breast cancer diagnosis.  We’ve done genetic testing, met with a half dozen or more doctors, read, prayed, and talked.

Today treatment starts.

You see, today is surgery day.

A lumpectomy is the surgery I’ve chosen at this time.

Since I last shared about my breast cancer journey, I’ve learned that I have triple negative cancer which tends to be an aggressive cancer that most likely will require both chemotherapy and radiation.  A final treatment plan will be carved out after today’s surgery. That’s when they will confirm the size of the tumor and whether lymph nodes are involved.

I’ve decided to create a Caring Bridge site to document my journey.  I’ll be sharing here on my blog on occasion, but the details will be kept on the Caring Bridge site.  Feel free to hop over there anytime you want to know more about my journey.

Thank you for praying today. For me. For the doctor. For my friends and family who will wait and walk this journey with me.

We close the Hearts at Home office down for two weeks at Christmas so I plan to be home doing very little and just letting my body heal over the coming weeks.

Tomorrow is the monthly blog hop and one of my team members will manage the hop in my absence.  She’ll let you know how I’m doing too!

Today I’m keeping God’s truth from Romans 12:12 in front of me, “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”


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12 thoughts on “The journey really begins…

  1. Jill, my prayers are with you! Today, a friend of mine, only 35, is going to have a mastectomy. She too has cancer. I will be praying hourly for you both today! May Gods arms be wrapped around you!

  2. I am praying for you, Jill. Will go to the Caring Bridge site and keep up with your journey. I started posting on Caring Bridge in March for my husband, Johnny, and it sure helps to not have to tell the same thing to everyone over and over. May our God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  3. Dear, sweet friend:

    I am so saddened by this news but placing my hope and prayers in a good God. Please know that I am uplifting you before the throne and Father of grace, mercy, healing, love, and hope. I am committed to carry you in this way, and please let me know of any other tangible ways that I can help. I am here for you and yours, Jill.

    Psalm 34
    Much love,

  4. I, too, had a chemotherapy journey this summer for a rare blood disease Amyloidosis. I invited God to walk with me, and my friends, co-workers, church family report that indeed, I am more patient, more caring in my listening, a greater witness for God’s amazing love. You have that same strength, and strong faith in God’s ability to be with us as we rise above our circumstances and praise Him, displacing all fear and anxiety. I won’t promise you that it will be easy, but God is with you, and will be with you through the days, some dark mornings, and you will be changed! Hugs and Prayers!

  5. Praying for your surgery today and for the treatment to come. You are a stong woman with a strong faith and a strong family to help you on this journey. Wisdom, peace and healing prayers for all of you.

  6. Hi Jill,

    Praying for you!!! I have been on the same journey for the last 3 years! I have learned a lot and would like to offer any support you need. I have found a great low dose option for chemo treatments with little side effects and very specific to your body. Keep you posted, I am walking through these treatments right now…Love ya,
    Proverbs 31 gal…and sister in Christ….


  7. Jill,

    Caring Bridge is such a great sight. We used it when my husband had cancer 8 yrs ago! It was such an encouragement to him to read all the posts each day from friends & family! It also gave me a chance to blog our journey & our faith each day! I am continuing to pray for you & hope you get some rest to prepare you mentally & physically for the chemo & radiation! Can’t wait to hear what God is going to do in you & through you while you take this journey! Love you & Merry Christmas!