Monday, July 7, 2008

The Latest News!! IT's Better Than We Thought




All I can say, is thank heavens for headaches!!
That headache that started 2 weeks ago was a warning
sign. I had it for over a week, told my Dr. Mammolito
when I went to her for my follow up (she's my breast surgeon)
Last Tuesday,
she had me go THAT day for a head MRI & had my results
sent to my oncologist (Dr. Prager) that same day. I got a call that late
afternoon.


The headaches are from edema (swelling).. I for sure have tumors
in my brain , they will search for more tomorrow.
Today Rich and I went to "Gamma Knife Center" for
our appt. Tomorrow at 6 AM we will go in for the
radiation procedure. Most of the day, it will be VERY precise
radiation to destroy just the tumors. The docs will do a head MRI
every 8 weeks for about 2 years to watch for more developing tumors.

We are delighted it will be a one time procedure..the outlook is excellent & we are praising God for the ease of it.
Please pray for us tomorrow..I know God will be with us nd all will be fine.. I'm only a BIT cautious of the CROWN
I will get screwed to my skull!!
EEEK, but it will be fine.
Thanks to all of you for caring!
With Love In Him, Deena


56 comments:

  1. Deena~
    I just wanted to write a quick note and let you know that you will be in my prayers for sure. May God give you the strength and courage that you need. If He brings you to it - He will take you through it.
    God bless,

    Lisa in Texas = )

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  2. Remember Deena...you are too smart, lol!
    His is always holding your hand.
    I love you-
    Sherry

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  3. Deena ~ you are in my prayers.

    Love,
    Lana

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  4. Hi Deena,
    my thoughts and prayers are with you sweetpea!

    Hugz, Dolly

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  5. Holding you close in my heart Deena. I am so glad this is better than first expected...God is good, prayer works and his blessings follow us in ways we can never imagine ♥

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  6. My Dear Braveheart~

    We friends of yours, all united under your PINK tent, are holding you dear to our hearts and only sending up positive thoughts and affirming prayers for your complete healing.

    Lovingly~

    Jane

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  7. Thank you for updating us, Deena. I'll definitely be lifting you all up in prayer.

    Love,
    Michelle

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  8. Father God - You are above all! You have held these two in your hands from the start and have given them peace...and even joy in the midst. We know that you are in control and we trust you. We ask together, tonight, that yours will be the hand of the surgeon tomorrow and that all the places that the human eye can't see, you will see and heal. We ask in your sons name because we love Deena and she loves you. -amen

    Praying through the night with you! Blessings... Polly

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  9. Oh Deena...you are in my prayers...still and always.

    Every Queen needs a crown, oh my...will they let you glue on some glitter and rhinestones? I think they should.
    Love,
    Robin

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  10. Sending up prayers for you Deena! May God bless you with his peace.

    Jackie

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  11. Your Always in my Heart & Thoughts Deena...
    With his Love, Prayers & Blessings..
    Always...Marilyn

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  12. OH my Dearest Deena, I'm feeling a bit speechless. I'm so sorry honey that you have to go through more. I am proud that you are going to the doctor and following up. I'm not doing that since my mom died, I don't care. But maybe you are making me care again. Oh, I feel so much more for you than I do myself. I've been having headaches too, and that's not normal for me. I just blame it on stress.

    Oh Deena, I have read about this surgery when my husband had his brain tumor. It wasn't an option for him, but this can have wonderful outcome...and that is what I'm going to pray for, hope for and believe in with you.

    Those of us who have had breast cancer touch us, our understanding is so with you, for all that you think about and more than anything for our loved ones who worry.

    My mom was the one who encouraged me to keep all in check. Deena, I am so glad you have a good doctor. Maybe I should fly out there and meet them.

    So sorry Deena I haven't been around. Shame on me. I will keep you in my prayers continually, I promise. I'm so glad you sent me the email.

    I'm here for you, I really am if you need to talk. Tell me, and I'll give you a call...okay.

    lots of love, warm cyber embraces to you my friend..joanna

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  13. Hi Deena,

    Coming by to give you huge hugs and to let you know that you are in my prayers.

    Love,
    Dena

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  14. Deena,

    You're never far from my thoughts, but tomorrow, when you become the ultimate princess with your new crown, I will hold you close in prayer.

    You are just so dang cool. Your grace under pressure is plain amazing. And inspiring.

    Much love, sweet girl!

    Jill

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  15. Hi Deena. I will include you and your DH in my prayers! God bless!
    Hugs, Sharon

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  16. Deena, You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  17. PRAISE GOD,
    PRAISE GOD,
    PRAISE GOD!
    Oh, Deena, when I got y'all's email it scared me so badly.

    It was such a thrill to read differently. Tomorrow is going to be a bugger but I'm so excited that it's just going to be a day.

    God is in charge.
    You are loved
    by me, by lots of people,
    but most of all by God, your Lord, your Savior.

    God Bless you, my sweetie,

    Jan

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  18. Sweet Deena...
    You are always in my prayers!
    May God keep you safe and I know all will be well tomorrow!
    Stay strong and take gentle care...
    Your friend...
    Priscilla

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  19. ...Dearest Deena, you are always in my thoughts and prayers!
    ...God bless you...

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  20. Sending prayers up right now!! Hugs to ya!!

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  21. You can count on my prayers tomorrow for all to go smoothly and comfortably, and for successful treatment.

    God hugs,
    Lallee

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  22. Deena, you're such a dear to share your journey! Remembering you in prayer for a positive tomorrow, and sending you caring hugs!
    Marilyn:)

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  23. Reapeating what everyone else has said - much love and prayers sent your way for tomorrow, Deena.

    ((hugs))

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  24. Reapeating what everyone else has said - much love and prayers sent your way for tomorrow, Deena.

    ((hugs))

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  25. If a crown is the cure then let the crown set upon your head! I am thrilled that this procedure is going to be done so quickly and that hopefully you will be watched and next time they look you will be ALL CLEARED! And we will be so thankful. God is good. God bless Deena. And Rich. And the doctors hands that heal her.

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  26. Aloha Deena, I just want you to know you have prayer warriors here in Hawaii as well, I read about your journey from Mary at Isabellas Closet. I will keep you in my prayer journal as well. I'm glad to hear todays news. You have such a beautiful blog, I will be back to keep up with your journey.
    God's Blessings Lorie

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  27. My Dearest Deena,
    I most certainly will be holding you up in prayer and I am starting now and will pray throughout tomorrow. I love you my friend and Our Lord Loves You and will hold you close tomorrow. God is so good! Hugging you.
    Love,
    Kimmie

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  28. My Sweet Deena,
    I know you will be looking HIP in your crown tomorrow.
    You were sooooo smart and wise to tell the doc of your headaches, who would have thought??? I am happy you are listening to your body and realizing that God Given Talent we have called our 6th sense....LOL
    I love ya kid, hang in there, and know you are in my prayers and thoughts ALWAYS!!!
    Hugs to you my friend, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

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  29. Dearest Deena, sending my love and prayers to you. My brave girl, I have tears in my eyes as I type this. I wish I could be there with you to hold your hand. Much love, SuzanneXXOO

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  30. Dear friend, Deena,

    I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. I left you a message on Amy's comments, but I just want you to know - like so many of us - that we are routing for you. I know you have the heart, the bravery and the sould to beat this. Miracles to happen. I just adore you and you are such a beauty - both inside and out. God Bless YOU and peace be with you always and forever.

    much love,
    Becky and Doogie, too

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  31. You are in my prayers. You have such a good attitude and that will help you (along with God) deal with each and every challenge. I've heard of that Gamma Knife treatment and it's quite successful.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  32. Deena: All of blog land is upholding you in their prayers. We all love you so much! Close your eyes! Can you feel the hugs!?! Can you hear the angel whispers telling you that the Lord loves you?

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  33. Deena,
    You are the strongest most amazing lady!! You have so many people praying for you, we're sure not gonna stop now.

    Big Hugs and extra hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  34. Always in my prayers...... always on His mind and ALWAYS in His sight..........

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  35. You will be in my thoughts and prayers...

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  36. Oh, Deena, I'll be praying. Be sure and wear your tiara.

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  37. You are in my Prayers and in my thoughts everyday!!

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  38. My prayer is that you will sleep well tonight and be calm tomorrow, knowing that God is with you. Everyone loves you so much, you know? Holding you close in my heart.

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  39. Deena,

    I am so sorry that you have more to face in your battle, but am glad that the headaches allowed your condition to be diagnosed quickly. I am keeping you and Rich in my prayers, as always.

    You are still on the prayer list at Mom's church. Just tonight she asked me how you were doing. I will be sure to let her know of this latest news.

    Take care, my friend. Sending you huge cyber hugs. Love you and am praying.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  40. Oh Deena,

    You are so in my prayers sweetie, each and everyday! Please keep us updated.

    Siobhan xo

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  41. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Deena.

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  42. We will be praying for you and for the procedure to go well and be successful!

    Blessings Dear One!
    Nancy

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  43. Oh, Deena. You are a brave dear lady!

    I know you don't want to hear another "I know somebody who had this...." story, BUT.

    I DO know a woman, a friend, who had the gamma knife procedure. It WORKED. She had numerous tumors and they are gone!

    Wear the crown and then rest, take care.

    You'll be close in my thoughts.

    hugs,
    Gayle

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  44. Dear Deena,
    You are in my prayers tonight and you'll be in them tomorrow, too. I know God holds you in the palm of his hand. He will be guiding you and your doctors as you have this procedure done. God wants only the best for you.
    Hugs, Susan

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  45. I'm so happy that things are looking optimistic.

    Here is the link to a young woman who has been dealing with stage 4 cancer, since 2002. She has had many procedures and is, now, fighting tumors in her brain. So far, she continues to live and remain optimistic through it all.

    She is very inspiring and lives a meaningful life. I know she will strengthen your hope.

    You are a very inspiring woman in the way that you have remained so positive in the midst of such a challenging experience. God truly must be near and dear to your heart.

    http://wehrell.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html

    ~elaine~

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  46. Prayers are going up for you right now and all day dear Deena...
    and the crown is lovely...it carries strong medicine...
    Love and Hugs,
    Mimi

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  47. Dear Deena,
    Count me in with all the others who are praying for you.

    Hugs,
    Kim

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  48. Praying, praying, praying dear friend.
    Much love, Susan P.

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  49. Have you thought about 'shaped beam radiation'?

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  50. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! God bless!
    Hugs!!!!
    Kim

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  51. YIKES......well....sometimes in the battle....new warfare comes up.... but it's okay. God is BIGGER!
    The GREAT thing is you are still able to do this fighting...so hang in there and we are all behind you standing with you.
    I'm praying for you!
    Be blessed,
    Joyce M.

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  52. my dear deena....so sorry i wasn't able to "be" here yesterday....but you are always in my heart and prayers....and funny how it turns out that there is thankfulness for those headaches....and for your very wonderful doctors....to CARE for YOU!.......sending love and prayers your way this morning sweet friend...and to rich also...knowing God is with you....
    love and hugs,
    kimberly
    i love what bittersweetpunkin said..."every queen needs a crown" :)
    xoxoxoxo

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  53. Sweet one.... I miss a couple of days of posting and this... you are the bravest person this side of heaven...

    You truly are blessed... and everyone of us adore you

    KEEP WELL

    LOVE AND HUGS

    JO

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  54. So sorry i haven't been here in so long...as always you are in my prayers, i hope you are doing well and enjoying your break from blogging...we miss you!

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