Update: Confirmation

Today, Margaret had her first post-op appointment with her oncologist. For the first time, he confirmed what we suspected: she is at the top of stage 3 (3C) of the four stages of breast cancer. This is a preliminary staging, which may be influenced or changed with the results of the PET scan, which is now scheduled for Wednesday – pending insurance approval. The cancer was also graded at 3, which is the highest or most aggressive grade given. He said there is a 95% probability that the cancer has not spread beyond the area of the left breast, but the PET scan will give us definitive answers.

Again, this was generally the expected news; however, Margaret and I are both optimists by nature and always hope for better than expected. Thus, the news is sobering. The good news is that she is clearly recovering from surgery in excellent shape and will start chemotherapy as early as next week.

And FYI we had a marvelous Thanksgiving! Katie and I did our part, of course. Megan was home from Washington, DC, with her very significant other, Joe, who fit right in under very difficult circumstances. We all pitched in to cook together and made it a day of great laughter, joy and gratitude.

Margaret continues, as do I, to be grateful for all the e-mails, cards, flowers, wig stands, inspirational books, devotional guides, meals, visits, text messages and other gestures of support and love. We know this will be a marathon – not a sprint, so I personally hope you will “pace” yourselves and stay in this with her for the long run.