I know Houston has the best medical center in the world.
I know the hospital has the best doctors in the world.
People come from all over to see these doctors, but this center...
on this day... I did not want to ever go back.
Our first visit.. went great.
Second visit.. we found out the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes.
This was our third visit. Today we found out there is even more cancer.
It's more than they thought. A little worse than they thought.
No more lumpectomy.
She will have to have a full mastectomy.
She will have to have reconstruction.
There will be genetic testing.
I think we were all heartbroken. We thought it would be a lot easier. However, if there is one thing I can say about my mother.. she is strong. Stronger than me.. stronger than anyone I know. She can make it through this. She will make it through this. There is no doubt in my mind, she WILL beat this.
As for that hospital I didn't want to return to.... I do and will return to it.
We met a lady today who is 13 years post surgery. She was happy and cheerful and encouraging. She said that this was the best place anywhere. And I believed her.
So although I feel like every time we return to the hospital... the news gets worse and worse.
This is the best place in the world for what she has.
They will take care of her...
.. and she will beat this.
Her surgery is scheduled for October 27, 2011.