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)

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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!