Sunday, January 17, 2010

A lump in the road....

Well, I thought I would share some of what has been going on with me for the past few months, unrelated to artwork, holidays, or kids. At the beginning of September, I discovered a large lump under my left arm. It did not hurt at all, but was fairly large. I don't know how long it had been there, but I had not noticed it before. After a series of doctor visits, ultrasounds, and mammograms, the latest doctor in the series of doctors assured me that he saw no cause for concern. He did, however, want to keep a close eye on things which required me coming in for subsequent visits. After the last of these which was also followed by the requisite dopplar ultrasound, there had still been no change. So the doctor recommended that, in lieu of the continuing visits, ultrasounds, mammograms, etc., he would go in and take out the offending lump and do a biopsy. So, this past Tuesday I went in for the outpatient procedure. I am the lucky recipient of a 2 1/2 inch incision under my arm, and later in the week I received the fabulous news that the lump (a lipoma) is nothing to be concerned about.

In all honesty, I must tell you that I really was not worried about it... in fact, I hardly thought about it at all. But then, I am not a worrier by nature. On the other hand, my mother-in-law, my mother, and my hubby all do enough worrying that I don't have to. Of course, this is all fresh for my mother-in-law who just two years ago completed chemo treatments for breast cancer herself. In her case, we all felt that her original doctor was not proactive enough. So she did not want the same thing to happen to me. And believe me, I am very thankful that these precious people love me like they do. I must tell you that I am also thankful to only be recovering from the incision and not having to make decisions about what kind of treatment comes next. Many people were caring and praying for me, and I want to give God the glory for answering those prayers.

I have many responsibilities as a wife and mother which I truly enjoy. But I haven't been able to do some of those the last few days. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine now and truly moving on from this "lump in the road."

Blessings to you all,


  1. Oh Christi, this is WONDERFUL news. Thanks be to God! I hope you heal quickly.


  2. Christi ~ I am so glad to hear the news. You are blessed to have so many people near and dear to you who love you. Take Care & God Bless! :)

  3. Rejoicing with you!

    Hope you are feeling back to yourself soon!

    Becky K.

  4. Christi, you had me on pins and needles there for a minute...I'd already started praying. Heal quickly and enjoy the pampering. God bless!

  5. Oh bless your heart. I also have been connected with way too many friends/acquaintances who've had the big *C* scare. So thankful for you and your health.

    Phew! :) God is certainly good.

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  7. Oh Christi, I am thrilled for you.
    Doing the happy dance now.

    I pray that you heal quickly. God is good and you are in His hands.


  8. Praise God for the wonderful news. I am impressed you are not a worrier. That would have flipped me out.

    Blessing to you and getting back to your precious family!

  9. Whew! This is very, VERY good news!!! :)

  10. Christi, You probably have wondered why I didn't comment here. Somehow my comment went to someone else and they sent it back to me. I have no idea how that happened. Hope I wasn't drinking that night. (Just kidding) Here is what I said,

    Christi, That is wonderful news! I am so glad that you are only recovering from an incision and not a mastectomy. Praise God!
    Gentle hugs,

  11. Christi,
    I'm glad to hear the good news. I'm a worrier, though I try really hard to leave it all in His hands..sometimes it's not easy.

    Have a wonderful day!

  12. That stuff is never any fun Christi, glad you are ok.


  13. Christi,
    So glad everything is OK. That would be so scary for people who love you!
    Glad you were at peace about it!

  14. Dear Christi,
    Just came over for a visit and was so upset when I read your post (and then so thankful when I read all was okay!!!) That is wonderful news that it wasn't anything serious!! I've been terribly neglectful of you lately and I haven't meant to be. There just has been so much going on that I don't get to do all the things I want to do. One of which, is being supportive of a good friend who needed it ~ I need a whooping :) I am SO SO SO GLAD you are okay!!!
    Lots of Love and Hugs (a little late, but well-meaning),
    Bebe :)

  15. So thankful for you Christi that thre was nothing sinister even thugh you had to go through those procedures.

    Trust all is healing up well. Blessings