Thursday, July 16, 2009

God's Business

Today, I am not feeling my best. I just feel tired and a little agitated. My mind is on aklot of things; however, I will always put myself and my feelings aside for God and his work. I went out with my church to evagelise tonight. We knocked on doors and handed out flyers inviting people to come to our church for Vacation bible School. Even though, I did not feel well...I went anyway because I volunteered too and I knoow that o matter how I am feeling someone is feeling worst and thething about how they are feeling is that they dont know God on a personal level and without God things are alot worse.

So, I knocked on doors, climbed a few steps, showed the community some agape and came back home. Its amazing how God operates because I asked him for strength to do his will today and he gave it to me....I actually felt pretty good. The heat in Atlanta was ridiculous as usual.

I must say that I love the Lord and without his presence in my life I would be empty; especially at this time in my life; but Good restores my strength daily and I have peace because of God.

My Pastor always says that if you get busy being about God's work; what you were chasing will start chasing you. So, I tell you that I am always chasing after God and I have been stubborn; lets keep it real,but the more I love on God the clearer my vision become.

So today, I was about God's business first; I cant worry about not feeling well, God is my healer and I am his servant. So today sick and all I served the Lord.

After the Biopsy

Okay, I go back to the Hospital for my result follow up and find out that I have a Tumor and its Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans. Okay, the Doctor says "Thats a fancy word for you have a Tumor, we dont know how this particular Tumor develops but it can be removed; however there is a high recurreence rate, dont be alarmed because it can be removed".

Ok, I was happy to know that it can be removed; but I was puzzled that my Doctor told me not to get upset about everything I read about this. Im like Okay, then she says, we were hoping it wasnt breast cancer so we are relieved for you that its not. She then told me not to worry, I told her that God was too good for that.

Now,I am like tell me about this and she really could not say much other than its a rare tumor that grows in the fat, tenons and muscles of the body; it often comes back; there is a special surgery for it; because once its removed they have to make sure it doesnt come back again.

So, I am still lost because she cant tell me much; but I know Doctors dont know everything and God has all control; regardless.

So, now I know that I have a rare cancerous Tumor that is commonly referred to as DFSP; Doctors are lost about it; but there is a special surgery for it.

Now, I just pray that onceits removed, it doesnt recur;; I was told I may have to have the surgery repeated in the same day; so Im praying on that; I was also told that these things get huge; so I am thankful that I found out what it was and that the First Doctor who suggested just cutting off; had a boss who had more experience; who suggested the biopsy first. I praise God for that; because it requires a different type of surgery.

Well, I have done some research and the research is exactly what the Doctor advised me; also after the Tumor is removed...I have to go back and forth tto the Doctor every 6 months for the next 3 years to make certain it hasnt come back.

I dont know everything about this yet, neither do the Doctors but I wanted to inform my readers and friends; so you are aware and pay close attention to things we often shrug off. Another point from this is always ask for a second opinion and if your Doctor suggest something you are not comfortable with always speak up.

I thank God, that he intervene because as I thought about it; I was getting ready to tell the Doctor to do the Biopsy first; but the Attending Doctor told the Resident to go ahead with the test first. If she would have had this tumor cut off first; this would have presented another problem.

Clink on the links to find out more about DFSP.

Thanks to everybody for their prayers and comments; I am a God Fearing Christian Woman and no matter what I face I know that my God is always in control. I cant worry about what I can not change; if I could change it; there would be no reason for FAITH. I have FAITH that things will workout; the test is for the testimony.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare neoplasm of the dermis layer of the skin,[1] and is classified as a sarcoma. In many respects, the disease behaves as a benign tumor, but in 2-5% of cases it can metastasize, so it should be considered to have malignant potential.

Treatment is primarily surgical, with chemotherapy and radiation therapy sometimes being used.

MOHS surgery can be extremely effective. It will remove the tumor and all related pathological cells without a wide-area excision that may overlook sarcoma cells that have penetrated muscle tissue.

Checkout these links for information on DFSP

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans Awareness (A Rare Cancer)

I am posting this here and on my blog for your awareness; you may read more about it on my blog; along with my journey through this. I decided to blog about it because it is a rare cancer that most people are not aware of and the Doctors have not discovered where or why it forms.

Okay, I have done some research on this and majority of my resource comes from and other sources. Again, this thing is so rare that there is really no information about it; however, if you know what to look for then you wont shrugged it off as many have. Most people who have had this occur thought it occurred over night; truth is it didnt. The Tumor is a slow growing tumor and in an instant can become more noticable as the size increases; however, it may have always been there as a small pimple like bump on your body.

Sometimes we see markings are blemishes on our body and shrug it off because we know we sometimes end up with things on our bodies that we have no idea how it got there; I know I do. If it doesnt hurt; hasnt cause any physical problems we dont notice it or concern ourselves with it. Well, from my research and personal conclusion; most people with DFSP never knew that this was there until it grew in size. I have even read in one case from a blogger who had it; that when she went tto the Dermatoligist about it; her Doctor said it was nothing, harmless and they would remove it.
She had the sense to ask for an biopsy first and turns ot she had DFSP; which requires a special type of surgerey to remove it because it has a high recurrence rate.

In my own experience; I went to see my medical Doctor who was dumbfounded as to what it was that she literally said"it looks like a mushroom growing on your back". Right a mushroom...okay, then she said "its the size of a golfball on your back" First it was the size of a mushroom, then a golfball. Then she ask me why it was so shiny.

At this point, I told her you tell me ; you're the Physician. I mean really. She had no tack at all. She gave me a referral to dermatology; who when I arrived there, the Doctor was friendly and amazed at this thing on my back. She could not say what it was, but told me that instead of going through the trouble of doing a biopsy that she would set an appointment to have it taken off because thats what I wanted right.

She left out and my mother was there so I told her, I am going to tell her when she comes back I want a biopsy first because I think there is more to this, So, I prayed about it and when she came back; I didnt get a chance to ask for a biopsy because her boss came in and told her that Oh, no we must biopsy this today.

Then, they conulted with me on possibilities of what it might be; the Attending Physician was concern because it was warm to the touch and the size of it which measures at 4 centimeters.

So, I had a biopsy; they cut the growth open and took pieces of it; I had an appointmen t to go back in two weeks for the results.