I'm needing your Prayers

12/18/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Hello everyone. 

Sorry it has been a while since I wrote.

 I have been going strong and super busy at work since after my second surgery.  However, I am coming to the realization that I may have pushed myself a little too hard. today  I came home early  from work because I was in alot of pain.  And still am.

For the past few weeks, my wound has been draining fluid build up.  Initially I had been getting high fevers and feeling really fatigued.  Doctor Perry prescribed me some antibiotics which I took for a week then she prescribed me levaquin some really strong antibiotics. Just so I don't get an infection. and thankfully I haven't gotten an infection.

 We  have been praying that that the draining would dry up and stop, because if it doesn't Dr. Perry wants to put a drain in it.  Which I do not want to deal with over Christmas holiday. 

When I came home today, I took Pain Killers, Anti Nausea Medicine, and a benadryl.  I slept for 7 hours straight until Erik came home. 

I am still pretty sore and in pain, but atleast I got to rest well.

On January 4th  I will be meeting with a Radiation oncologist.

Kathleen L. Shide, M.D. specializes in radiation oncology and is certified by the American Board of Radiology in radiation oncology.

Memberships: Dr. Shide is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Tarrant County Medical Society.

Dr. Shide was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Education: Dr. Shide received an M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1996. She completed her internship at Baylor University Medical Center and residency at the Mayo Clinic. She was appointed as Instructor of Oncology at Mayo Clinic prior to going into private practice in Fort Worth.


Hopefully my wound will be healed by the time I meet with Dr. Shide.

Thank you again for praying for me.  I will let you know how I am doing in a couple of days.


I’m Great!

11/17/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Well about 20 minutes ago, Dr. Perry Called and said I have Clear margins NO MORE SURGERIES!!!! Praise GOD!!!  God is Great!!!  I am an Overcomer of this cancer!!!

Next step is the Radiation.  Dr. Perry doesn't think I need to go to an Oncologis because the cancer is NOT invasive so she is looking for a good radiologist for me to go see here in Fort Worth.  I will let you know once all those details are finalized!


Thank you all SOOOOO Very much for praying with me and Agreeing for my speedy recovery and Good reports from the Doctors!

I am so grateful for the Loving God I serve who covers me with his grace and strength to go through any so called trial tribulation the enemy attempts to send my Way!

Psalm 145 (The Message)

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

.. ..

Psalm 145

David's Praise
 1 I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! and I'll bless your name into eternity.

 2 I'll bless you every day,
      and keep it up from now to eternity.
 3 God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
      There are no boundaries to his greatness.
 4 Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
      each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
 5 Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
      I compose songs on your wonders.
 6 Your marvelous doings are headline news;
      I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
 7 The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
      your righteousness is on everyone's lips.

 8 God is all mercy and grace—
      not quick to anger, is rich in love.

 9 God is good to one and all;
      everything he does is suffused with grace.

 10-11 Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
      your holy people bless you.

   They talk about the glories of your rule,
      they exclaim over your splendor,

 12 Letting the world know of your power for good,
      the lavish splendor of your kingdom.

 13 Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
      you never get voted out of office.

   God always does what he says,
      and is gracious in everything he does.

 14 God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
      gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.

 15 All eyes are on you, expectant;
      you give them their meals on time.

 16 Generous to a fault,
      you lavish your favor on all creatures.

 17 Everything God does is right—
      the trademark on all his works is love.

 18 God's there, listening for all who pray,
      for all who pray and mean it.

 19 He does what's best for those who fear him—
      hears them call out, and saves them.

 20 God sticks by all who love him,
      but it's all over for those who don't.

 21 My mouth is filled with God's praise.
      Let everything living bless him,
      bless his holy name from now to eternity!



God Is Great Lyrics by Hillsong United

All creation cries to you
Worshipping in Spirit and in truth
Glory to the faithful one Jesus Christ God's son

All Creation gives you praise
You alone are truly great
You alone are God who reigns for eternity

God is great and His praise fills the earth fills the heavens
And Your name will be praised through all the world
God is great sing his praise all the earth all the heavens
'cause were living for the Glory of Your name the glory of your name

All to you Oh God we bring
Jesus teach us how to live
Let your fire burn in us
That all may hear and all may see

Holy is the Lord
The whole earth sings
The whole earth sings (x4)


I’m OK!

11/08/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Well today I went to work for the first time since October 26.  We had a meeting that has been scheduled for a while and I thought it would be good to get out of the house since I hadn't gone anywhere since my surgery on October 29.

A few people stopped by my desk to say hi and tell me they were thinking of me.  It felt good to be missed.  I was in the office for a few hours to go to a meeting.  I had a stack of Mail that weighed at least 20 lbs I am sure… J

Well I have had a few people ask me why I have to go back get surgery , so I decided I will give you the explanation that Dr. Perry me and what I understood.

Basically the DCIS was spread about a quarter section of my the ducts in the upper part of the breast.  The DCIS cells are like course salt spread in multiple areas some are concentrated some are not.  During the surgery Dr. Perry takes "frozen pathology reprort" or Frozen section analysis:  


Frozen section: Microscopic examination of a specimen of tissue that has been quick-frozen. This method gives a quick diagnosis, sometimes while the surgeon is waiting to complete a procedure. The diagnosis is confirmed in a few days by a more detailed study called a permanent section.


In layman's terms they quick freeze sections of the tissue and send it to the pathology lab to see if the tissues contain all of the calcifications or if more tissue needs to be removed. What they are looking is for what they call is "Clear Margins:


Clear margins: Pathological term used to describe an adequate amount of normal tissue that is surgically removed along with the breast cancer.


When the Pathologist sees clear margins they let Dr. Perry know and they stop removing the tissue and wait on the "Permanent Pathology Report" or Permanent Section Analysis:


Permanent section: Preparation of tissue for microscopic examination. The tissue is soaked in formaldehyde, processed in various chemicals, surrounded by a block of wax, sliced very thin, attached to a microscope slide and stained. This usually takes 1-2 days. It provides a clear view of the specimen so that the presence or absence of cancer can be determined.



So even though during the surgery the Frozen pathology report showed they got all of the cells the permanent pathology report showed there was about 5 mm section near the breast bone that still needed to be removed.  So that is what we are doing tomorrow afternoon (Friday – Nov 8 @ 1:00) getting that 5 mm section. 


With the last report they are now able to pin point the exact area needing to be removed so there is a greater chance that I won't have to go back again! Praise God.


Typically with the type of cancer I was diagnosed with the doctors recommend mastectomy because DCIS is so wide spread.  I actually watched a movie this last Saturday on the Lifetime Network with Ricki Lake where she was diagnosed with the same kind of cancer  as I had and she had a mastectomy.  Dr. Perry said that there are a bunch of doctors that really push mastectomy when there really are alternatives. 


Especially when DCIS is found typically in younger women more often, the Kewl thing is that Dr Perry is very forward thinking and believes in breast conservation first.  She also has a specialty surgery cut that most doctors don't do when doing a lumpectomy where there is minimal scaring to the breast area. And really now after the surgery there isn't any deformity, where as the other 2 doctors that I saw prior to deciding to go with Dr. Perry said I needed to have a mastectomy because there would be a large defect to the breast and that's why I should get a Mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy.  I am so glad I did my research and found Dr. Perry.


Dr. Perry did say there was a 30% chance I'd have to go back but we were hoping I wouldn't have to.  Like I said in my last blog , I was pretty bummed about having to go back to surgery.  I got really down for about 2 hours but I am ok with it now, cause I Know God's Grace can get me through anything.


Thank you for praying with and for me.  It really makes a difference!!!


"If God says it is  okay, it's okay."

Acts 10:15 (The Message)

The Message(MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


Mute Math - OK"

Down on my knees down on my face
You just say it's ok
So many days I've thrown away
You just say it's ok
I don't think I could ever repay
Your perfect grace, but it's ok

It's ok, It's ok
It's ok, It's ok
You've become my embrace
Just tell me it's ok

Your precious words intoxicate
A heart that aches; it's ok
You don't recall my past mistakes
You just say it's ok
The human mind can't calculate
Your perfect grace, but it's ok

Even though you've seen a thousand times
I've let you down
You're always there if I should call your name
You're unashamed, unashamed


I’m Thankful

11/02/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Well yesterday afternoon I got some good news and some not so good news. 

The GOOD news is that the DCIS is not invasive and it did not spread and it is all Stage 0 a.k.a "pre-cancer"   the not so good news is that there is a little more that didn't get taken out in the Surgery on Monday... so I have to go into surgery again on Friday November 9.  

It is obviously not the news we wanted to hear... but I am glad that I have such an Awesome Doctor.  Dr. Perry has called a few times this week to check on me and is so very positive.  She said because of the stage the cancer is I don't have to have any Chemotherapy or meet with a medical oncologist.  Radiation and the Tomoxafin should be the only thing i need.

When I heard the news I was a little down for a bit, but then I refocused and looked at the positives in my life.  I know that God loves me and He has a purpose for me. I have a wonderful husband who is the man of my dreams become reality.  My family who has been very supportive and ecouraging.  Great Friends who are an immense source of strength. The company I work for and my boss, they have been so understanding and accomodating.

I do have a lot to be thankful for :) 

Colossians 3:15 (The Message)

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
.. ..

 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.


Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

Can't pretend that what I got
I got it on my own
Every move that i made
Can't say I never been wrong
When I fell you picked me up again
Thought I brought it on myself
I can always depend on you
Whenever I need help

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

The next time you go to sleep
And you wake up alright
Remember that he kept you safe
And warm all through the night
Lift your hands and lift them high
And this is what you say
Lord you didn't have to give me
One more day

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
It's plain to see
all that he's done for me
I thank you for everything
I live my life
So I can let the world
know that I am

Lord i'm thankful for my blessings
everything that you gave
Times when danger was around me
My life lord you saved
Where would I be without your love
Where would I be without your grace
You didn't have to do it but I'm glad you did


I’m Healing

11/01/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Hello all!  I just wanted to let you know that the surgery went well and That I am recovering nicely.
My hubby has been waiting on me hand and foot
my mom cooked me chicken soup today.
I have a sore throat and kinda achey all over but the pain pills are working good...  I have gotten alot of phone calls today people checking up on me....  Thanks I feel loved!
I will try to write more tommorow  when I am a little more coherent


I’m Ready!

10/30/2007 Estreitta 0 Comments

Switchfoot – "Learning To Breathe"
Hello, good morning, how you do?
What makes your rising sun so new?
I could use a fresh beginning too
All of my regrets are nothing new
So this is the way that I say I need You
This is the way
This is the way that I'm


Learning to breathe
I'm learning to crawl
I'm finding that You and You alone can break my fall
I'm living again, awake and alive
I'm dying to breathe in these abundant skies

Hello, good morning, how you been?
Yesterday left my head kicked in
I never, never thought that
I would fall like that
Never knew that I could hurt this bad

So this is the way that I say I need You
This is the way that I say I love You
This is the way that I say I'm Yours
This is the way, this is the way
I think the "Learning to Breathe Song" really puts things into perspective for me right now, about taking one day at a time.  Almost like "stopping and smelling the roses" or standing back to see the bigger picture and reveling and focus on the fact in that God's got my health and any thing else in my body that shouldn't be there all under His control. He is so good to me!

Hebrews 13:20-21 (Amplified Bible)

Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

20Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),(A)
 21Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).


I am doing good.  I've have been busy with work projects.  it has been very fun and yet a VERY involved process.   Erik and I have been visiting several Churches over the past few months to get connected with other young married couples.  Please pray God gives us direction to where we can plant ourselves.  Erik Celebrated his 3rd anniversary with his company on October 4th and Maeze is excited that winter is coming because the mosquitos will start to die off.

After speaking with Dr. Perry about us deciding she is the Doctor we liked, she said the next step would be to meet with a Plastic surgeon to discuss reconstruction surgery.  So about two weeks ago,  Erik and I visited with the Plastic Surgeon Dr. Perry recommended Dr. Christine Stiles:  

Dr. Christine Carman Stiles, Frisco Plastic Surgery


-Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, Bachelor of Science, 1988

- State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, Doctorate of Medicine, 1992

Residency Training

- Pediatric Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1995

- Integrated General Surgery / Plastic Surgery: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1995-2001


- American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member 2005

- American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
- American Medical Association 

- Texas Medical Association

Dr. Stiles was very nice and took the time to explain the different procedures.  Due to the fact that I will have radiation therapy, I will have to wait 6 months after the treatments are completed to have the reconstruction surgery, probably some time next summer

On Tuesday I called Dr. Perry's Office and spoke with Patty, (who is a believer and VERY Helpful), to ask about when my surgery would be scheduled.  We talked about a few dates and finally settled for Monday, October 29.  I will have to do a "lymph node drip" procedure @ ..:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />7:30 am. Then at 8:30 am I will have to go to the Day Surgery Center at Denton Regional Hospital to have the lumpectomy.  Dr. Perry will be performing the surgery.

Lumpectomy - Breast-conserving surgery
Any form of surgery that removes only part of the breast is considered "breast-conserving" or "breast preservation" surgery. You may hear your surgeon use any one of several names: biopsy, lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, re-excision, quadrantectomy, wedge resection. Technically, a lumpectomy is a partial mastectomy, because part of the breast is removed.  For more information on the surgery click here

Prior to the surgery they will test my lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.   She will be removing the "suspicious" area. The duct and any other areas they noticed on the MRI reports and the direction of the Pathologist.   Once the area is removed they will study it closer and give us the results of the lumpectomy.

If it is anything like my gallbladder surgery, I will probably be heading home around 7 or 8 pm that same night.   It was nice to sleep in my own bed!  My mom and Erik will be with me to take care of me.  I want to stay in a hotel the night before since it is about an hour away from our house. Then I can get the most sleep and not have to wake up at 4:30 in the Morning!!!

I will be recovering the rest of the week. And will be working from home the following week.  My Company & my Boss have been extremely supportive.  I am so grateful!   I am hoping that in December Erik and I can go somewhere nice for a vacation.  We haven't had a "true" vacation since before we moved to Texas in 2004.  It will be nice to get away.

thanks for your continued prayers.  We are all beleiving for complete healing and restoration to my body.  i'll keep you posted on how everything goes or have Erik Post something here for me to let you all know!

Living life to the Fullest!


I’m More than Fine

10/16/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Song: More Than Fine
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003)
When I wake in the morning,
I want to blow into pieces.
I want more than just ok, more than just ok.
When Im up with the sunrise
I want more than just blue skies.
I want more than just ok, more than just ok.

Im not giving up, giving up, not giving up now.
Im not giving up, giving up, not backing down.

More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just ok.

When Im wet with the sunshine.
I want more than just a good time.
I want more than just ok, more than just ok.

Im not giving up, giving up, not giving up now.
Im not giving up, giving up, not selling out.

More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just ok.
More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just ok.

More than oceans away from the dawn.
More than oceans away from the dawn.
More than oceans away from who we are
More than oceans, more than oceans, yeah.

More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just ok.
More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just ok.
and this week I am definitely more than fine.  God is Good and he continues to bring me overwhelming peace.  Alot has happend since my last update.  After meeting with the first surgeon, Erik and I decided that I would go and find another Doctor, as this doctor was stressed out and very negative and abrupt personallity. 
So The investigation began,  Both Erik and i looked online for a surgeon then would go and check to see if my insurance would cover it.  Specifically I was looking for a female Surgeon and one that i would connect with.
So Monday I also had my MRI scheduled.  It was an interesting experience.  they had me lay on my stomach on a table.  I was on an incline.  and they told me that i would be in the same position for about an hour.  well as the time passed it got hotter and hotter and my back was aching and my stomach was getting a little queezey.  It was really loud in t here, thankfully they gave me ear plugs cause my ear would have been ringing for sure.  They took over 1000 scans of both my left and right side.  they want to check to see if the calcifications have spread more than the mamagrams showed.  it will take a couple days until we know any more.  the little amount of discomfort i had in the MRI will help us in making the best decision on how to proceed next.
So after the MRI I had to go about 45 miles north from downtown fort worth to Denton, Texas (minneapolis terms like going to St. Cloud from the cities) to go see Dr. Kerri Lyn Perry.

Kerri L. Perry, MD FACS

Diplomate American Board of Surgery, General, Breast and Laparoscopic Surgery 
I have to say she is the fresh perspective i needed.  She is boisterous and very forward-thinking. She took the time to answer any questions we had.  She also felt that a lumpectomy is possible rather than a mastectomy.  She also submitted my blood for genetic testing to see if i am "predispositioned" genetically because of my aunt and grandmother. 

It will take a few weeks before we get the results. Although, I am believing that it will come back negative. Once we know what we are dealing with, we will then make the decision on what type of surgery i will be having and it will be happening in the next few weeks.
All you, my dear friends and family, have been very supportive.  your kind words, prayers and encouragement have been such a great source of strength for me.  words really cannot express how blessed i have been to have each and every one in my life.  God continues to be so good to me!< DIV>
Living life to the Fullest,

Psalm 23:6 (Amplified Bible)

Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.


A Presidential Candidate I can relate with.

10/05/2007 Estreitta 0 Comments

my hubby and I have had very little excitement over most of the republican candidates so far. We typically vote republican mostly because of their stance on Marriage and Right to life. (unfortunately even some of the "frontrunners" like Guliani is more of a liberal republican and has also been married 3 times, McCain more center conservative but married 2 times, same for Fred Thompson) I truly think people do make mistakes, but it just doesn't sit right with me & erik that several of these candidates have an issue with commitment to their marriages.
i do also have to mention, that there are some aspects of the democrats that i appreciate (taking care of the poor, education, and healthcare - Which incedently is supposted to be taken care of by the body of Christ, but I wont go there today) Unfortaunately many of Dem platforms do not align with my core beliefs. 
so I can't in good conscience vote for a democrat or repuplican for that matter that doesn't exude moral values. i digress...
So anyway, on Saturday Erik and I talked about all the candidates and he mentioned Mike Huckabee being a bass player and he liked that about him.  I told him we should "look him up" and this is what we found Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is a former governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas, having served from 1996 to 2007. He was the third Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction. He officially announced his candidacy for the 2008 United States presidential election on January 28, 2007, and has been running a national campaign since then...
Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and considered a strong social conservative. He is well known for losing 110 pounds and advocating a healthy lifestyle. [1] While his campaign has not raised nearly as much money as other top-tier candidates, Huckabee placed second in the Iowa Straw Poll on August 11, 2007, garnering 18.1% of the vote to third place finisher Sam Brownback (15.3%) and first place finisher Mitt Romney
How did they meet and get engaged? It was young love for Mike and Janet, who met during junior high school. The two started dating their senior year of high school. Before Mike proposed, he asked permission from Janet's mother and stepfather. "I didn't have money for a ring yet, so I used a pull-tab from a soda can and proposed to her in her living room," Mike says.
Early life
Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas, to Mae Elder and Dorsey W. Huckabee. He was elected Governor of Arkansas Boys State in 1972 and is a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Alumnus. He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelors degree in 2½ years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas[2]
Prior to his political career, Huckabee was pastor of several Southern Baptist churches in Arkadelphia, Texarkana, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1989 to 1991 and as president of a religion-oriented television station.
Political positions
Main article: Political positions of Mike Huckabee
·         Huckabee is pro-life, and opposes same-sex marriages, and civil unions
·         Huckabee is against gun control and is an avid hunter.
·         Huckabee supports the death penalty
·         Huckabee has expressed support for allowing Creationism and Intelligent Design in school science classes along with Evolution.
·         Huckabee supports the War in Iraq, the troop surge and the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[1]
·         Huckabee endorsed the use of foreign workers from ..:Canada and Mexico for agricultural labor[52], opposed McCain/Kennedy immigration bill[53] and believes the United States' number one priority should be to secure America's borders.[54]. He said of the border, "Police it, absolutely. Militarize it, no." [55] In an interview with CBS news Huckabee said that his intends to reach out to minorities, unions and other traditional Democratic groups. "If Republicans don't win minority votes and votes that we traditionally don't get, Hillary Clinton's the next president," Huckabee said in a teleconference with reporters while campaigning in Iowa. [56]
·         Huckabee supports the FairTax as a replacement for the current tax system.[57]
·         The FairTax (H.R.25/S.1025) is a bill in the United States Congress for changing tax laws to replace the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and all federal income taxes (including Alternative Minimum Tax), payroll taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, gift taxes, and estate taxes with a national retail sales tax, to be levied once at the point of purchase on all new goods and services. The proposal also calls for a monthly payment to households of citizens and legal resident aliens (based on family size) as an advance rebate of tax on purchases up to the poverty level for the following month.[2] The sales tax rate, as defined in the legislation, is 23% of the total register price (23¢ of every $1—
·         Calculated the same way as income taxes), which is comparable to a 30% traditional state sales tax (30¢ on top of every $1).[3] Because the U.S. tax system has a hidden effect on prices,[4] it is expected that moving to the FairTax would decrease production costs from the removal of business taxes and compliance costs, which is predicted to offset a portion of the FairTax effect on prices. [5]    
There are a few articles that have been written about him here are a few interesting ones i came across today:



I’m Never Alone

10/04/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Well lots has happened since I Last wrote.  And in the midst of this i am realizing everyday that I am not alone... God has truly been with me every step of the way, and so has my wonderful hubby, Erik.  I can't say this enough but everyone's prayers, emails, cards, phonecalls have been so encouraging.  This too reminds me that I am not alone.
Well, on Friday, September 21, I spoke with Dr. Perry my surgeon.  She told me that the results came back from the BRACA test and it came back negative for the "cancer gene"  PRAISE GOD!!!
I was confident that the results would be negative.  God is so good.
As for the MRI Results, because of my biopsy the area was a little difficult to see, but she said it gives her and idea of the area to do the surgery. but the Right side is free of any suspicious areas. PRAISE GOD!!!!
Dr. Perry  also believes because of the results of the BRACA test,  that a lumpectomy will suffice.  PRAISE GOD!!!
We are looking at doing the surgery at the end of October, early November.
So as you can see I have had some good news recently.  But i am still believing for complete healing. 
However with the lumpectomy i will have to undergo radiation therapy for 5 days a week for 6 weeks. and then take this medicine for 5 years called Tamoxaphen.  the bad part is that Erik and I should not get pregnant while i am taking this medicine.  This is hard news to hear, but i am still confident that My God is Bigger and so much can still happen between now and the time i'm supposed to have surgery.

Proverbs 3:5-12 (The Message)

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
   don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
   he's the one who will keep you on track.
Don't assume that you know it all.
   Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
   your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
   give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
   your wine vats will brim over.
But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline;
   don't sulk under his loving correction.
It's the child he loves that God corrects;
   a father's delight is behind all this.


I’m still Standing

9/04/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

Please know that I am doing good. I have no worries or concerns about what is going on with me right now.  I continue to Trust the Lord in His faithfulness.

This infact, has been a very exciting time for me.  I have such an overwhelming peace in my heart and my mind (i am sure thanks to your prayers ).  When I have faced challenges in the past i have gotten depressed and even so tied in knots with worry that i would be so sick of my stomach.  I wouldn't be able to sleep or eat.

But now not even a hint of those feelings Praise God.  Sometimes days go by and I even forget what I have been diagnosed with.  I am so greatful for the peace that passes all my understanding, that I can think on the good things in life (Phil 4)

Understandibly, many of my family members and friends are concerned about me.

I am so blessed with wonderful friends that earnestly are concerned for my well-being and they lift me up in prayer throughout their day.
I am greatly blessed with a family that cares, that many are willing to drop every thing just to be here if i need anything.

I am enormously blessed to have a great job that is supportive and helpful allowing me the time i need to go to my appointments.

I am abundantly blessed to have a kind, caring, and loving Hubby that prays for me continually and loves me unconditionally.

I am overwhelmingly blessed to have a relationship with God that even though I don't know all the answers, He does so I don't need to even try to figure it out. and that brings me peace.

I continue to stand on the word God gave me
"You are not going to be a 'survivor' of this cancer, you are going to be an Overcomer of this cancer! A survivor is one that is a victim that survived and you are not going to be a victim of cancer you will OVERCOME this cancer!"

I have found a few more doctors to meet with. I made one appointment today with one i found on the internet. Next week I will have an MRI and some other test.  Please pray for me and that the test come out A-OK! I am praying for a miracle!

Nahum 1:7-10 (The Message)

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
.. ..
God is good,
   a hiding place in tough times.
He recognizes and welcomes
   anyone looking for help,
No matter how desperate the trouble.
   But cozy islands of escape
He wipes right off the map.
   No one gets away from God.
Why waste time conniving against God?
   He's putting an end to all such scheming.
For troublemakers, no second chances.
   Like a pile of dry brush,
Soaked in oil,
   they'll go up in flames.



8/30/2007 Estreitta 1 Comments

It was Wednesday, just 2 days after hearing the diagnosis and I was driving to work.  From the moment, I learned about the DCIS.  I decided that I was not going to be afraid of this and I was going to have complete trust in God's Faithfulness. 

As I was praising the Lord and worshiping Him, I heard the Lord tell me:

 "You are not going to be a 'survivor' of this cancer, you are going to be an Overcomer of this cancer! A survivor is one that is a victim that survived and you are not going to be a victim of cancer you will OVERCOME this cancer!"

GOD IS SO AWESOME!!!!! This is my word from God that I will be standing on.  Praise the Lord for His To get a better understanding of what an overcomer actually is I did some research:

According to Webster.com overcome means:
1.)    to get the better of : win a victory over
2.)    SURMOUNT <overcome difficulties>
4.)    to gain the superiority : WIN
5.)    CONQUER

Then I went to the Scripture and there is so many scriptures that talk about being victorious over the enemy but I really was lead to this one in particular:

Revelation 12:11 (Amplified Bible)Amplified Bible (AMP)Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
11   And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb [Jesus, the Anointed one and His Anointing) and by the utterance of their testimony.

Today I met with the surgeon.  And She basically told me that I need a mastectomy because the quadrant of the breast that is affected, the best way to get rid of it and be sure it doesn't comeback is taking it all.

It obviously was not what I wanted to hear, however I'm still an Overcomer, so even if this is what this one doctor thinks it doesn't mean it is what God has in store for me.  I did not have a peace with this doctor; even though she is VERY Qualified, I just felt that she was very negative experience. Even the nurses were really cold and abrupt.
I know when you are dealing with something so awful like cancer day in and day out, it's hard to put a smile on your face.  When people ask me how I am doing, I say "Good, how are you?"  (I know that it is all good Cause God is Good and his Mercy Endures forever.  He's got it all under control!) 

SO the next step is for us to do an MRI, also test to see if ths DCIS has estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors.  She also thought I might have a hereditary gene that may have been past down to me from my Grandmother (she had ovarian cancer) and wants to test to see if I have "inherited" this from her.  I will take the test, but I know that every generation curse has been broken and the Lord has healed me.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (Amplified Bible)Amplified Bible (AMP)Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation17   Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
So now Erik and I have decided to meet with another surgeon that we feel more comfortable with.  So please pray that the Lord Leads us to the right people and for Divine appointments and connections to find the right doctor.I have been so blessed by everyone's words of encouragement and prayers, and phone calls.  I thank you for your standing in agreement with me.

Blessed Beyond Belief,

Luke 10:19 (New International Version)New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.