To all those who prayed today - thank you. When the office called to schedule these procedures (core needle biopsies), they assured me their doctor is very skilled and I would be very comfortable. I assumed they were just trying to relieve my nervousness. I've already had fine needle biopsies, and that was uncomfortable. But the doctor truly was very careful, and to my surprise, I didn't feel a thing. But that needle thing sounded like a staple gun!
I went back to the oncologist's to complete preliminary tests. Yesterday they drew eight vials of blood, and today I had chest x-rays. These tests will help determine if the cancer has spread to my lungs or organs. I'm not having symptoms of that, but it's good to make sure.
Tomorrow, we check into the hospital at 12:00 p.m. and surgery is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. I should be released by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Healing is required for a month, then chemotherapy.
Yesterday, we got to see the baby pretty clearly. Its heart is beating, and its growth is normal. Seeing our child made me feel like I'm really pregnant.
I don't know when I'll write again. Maybe Jon will update this blog to let you all know how things went and if we have any more answers.