Pathology Report

Sep 06

Today Dr. Awesome called me with the pathology report from my surgery.  Almost everything on the report was what she anticipated in the report she gave to my family immediately after the surgery:

-Clean Margins:  Got ’em!  She cut all the cancer out, with room to spare.

-All of the cancer was “Intermediate” grade, which is the same as what the biopsy showed back in March.  I’m happy about this: no aggressive or virulent types of cancer were found.

-3 of 7 lymph nodes tested positive for cancer, which is actually less than both she and I anticipated.

Bottom line: Once upon a time, I had a whole lotta cancer, and now I have no (measurable) cancer.  It’s a good place to be.  Everything we do from this point forward is going to be to inhibit cancer growth: any existing cells, any recurrance, any new cancers.  Doctors don’t like to use the phrase “cancer-free”.  They will declare me cancer-free in ten years when I have lived with no sign of cancer for that duration.  I am happy about the pathology report, and I am happy to set my sights on the ten year mark.  I’ll have a teenager then!  Yowsa!


  1. Happy happy happy for all of you! Rejoicing with you, my friend.


  2. Rita O'Brien /

    So happy to hear this good news Jen. The prayers will continue for as long as needed.

  3. walking girl /

    Praise God. He is good.

  4. Catherine Butterworth /

    Hallelujah! Cancer Free here we come!

  5. Melissa Pizzato /

    This is absolutely brilliant, wonderful, fantastic news Jen – massive CONGRATS!!! I’m so glad all measurable cancer is gone and you’re healing well 😉 Sending you big bear hugs and lots of slobbery kisses xxxooo Mel.

  6. Oh my goodness, I am so happy for your good news. I don’t know you but I pray for you. I’m grateful to you for sharing your story, because if I find myself in a similar situation with my own health, I’ll know how to do today well. You’re an inspiration to me and a reminder of how our faith in God is really all we need –once that is in place we will figure out how to handle anything. God bless you and your family, Jen.

  7. congratulations jen and family! that’s such wonderful news! sending big smiles to you all from australia 🙂

  8. Kim Rourke /

    I feel like we should have a birthday party! Your new beginning! Super hugs to you and Mama Bear! Oh, the Daddy bears too!

  9. Denise Eck /

    Such wonderful news, Jen. You have fought hard, girl. Your grace through this has been a gift to everyone else.

  10. Dave Schreier /

    Praise God to whom all blessings flow! Still praying!

  11. Bonniebj /

    Wonderful terrific news Jen!!! Looks like you have another birthday to celebrate 😉 sounds like your recovering well and getting a bit of nature therapy 😉 to boot. Take care and rejoice in the Lord’s healing touch His restorative touch- the Lord deeply loves you and can’t wait to return you to wholeness. Praying daily!!

  12. Prayers Answered 🙂 Oh Happy Day 🙂 The race is on for that 10 year mark !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Continued Peace & Prayers 🙂

  13. I’ve been reading your posts and rooting hard for you and your family but haven’t posted much. Just wanted to jump in here and say YAAAYYYYY!!! Wonderful news!!

  14. Love it when the Lord makes his plan clear! Off with your breasts! On with your life!

  15. Laura C /

    wonderful wonderful news!!! I’m reading this (and your follow up blog about your right breast) with tears of joy in my eyes. Thank you Lord!!! I’m so extremely happy for you!!!

  16. I have been out of the loop for a month, and I am now caught up. What a great way to end an evening. I laughed, I cried, I copied and pasted your blog to others. I kept saying out loud to my computer screen, “I’m so proud to know her.” God bless you friend. I miss you and love you and I rejoice with you. Thank you for processing your life out loud here. You bless me.

  17. Shannon Weiss /

    Wonderful News!!!!!