Last night was a very hard night for me once again. This stupid waiting game for the Uterus Biopsy results. So this morning (around 8am) I decided to call San Francisco just in case they had forgotten to call me (even though the results would be 7-10 days from Thursday the 17th! lol) The operator said that some new results came in for me but wasn't sure since he's not authorized to access them, but that he would send a message to the Doctor to give me a call by the end of today.
That freaked me out! OH MY GOSH! Was it the blood test results? or was it the biopsy results? 9 am came around, 10, 11, NOON, and still no call! My husband called me during his lunch admitting that he was a nervous wreck too. I was dying of anxiety! Finally, 1:37pm, I see UCSF flash on my phone and I freaked out. I answered and it was the nurse, she said that the blood tests that were done (specifically BLOOD TEST CA 125) came out all NORMAL! The biopsy test wasn't in yet, but this test was apparently very important and it came back normal. The nurse told me that as soon as the biopsy comes in she'll give me a call. For now I'm just so relieved that the blood tests came back showing nothing!
According to www.eyesontheprize.org (a gynecologic cancer support site recommended by other cancer patients I know) this is what the test tested for:
Cancer antigen 125 is a substance that is produced in the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and the lining the lining of the chest and abdominal cavities (the pleura and the peritoneum). The CA 125 test measures a sugar protein that may be released when cells are inflamed or damaged. CA 125 levels are usually measured by a blood test, but can also be detected in fluid from the abdominal and chest cavities. Levels under 35 kU/ml are considered normal.
Ovarian cancer cells may produce an excess of these protein molecules, as may some other cancers, including cancer of the fallopian tube or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). Occasionally an elevated CA 125 test indicates other benign activity not associated with cancer, such as menstruation, pregnancy, or endometriosis. However, in early stage ovarian cancer, this molecule may not necessarily be released. Thus, the test is not an effective screening test.
The CA 125 test may be used diagnostically in combination with other tests such as vaginal ultrasound, and can also be used to monitor the progress of patients with cancer: increasing levels may indicate a recurrence, while decreasing levels may indicate a response to treatment.
Notice I underlined about the test not being effective in early stages of ovarian cancer. Well, I was told that this is the case, but normally cancer in the uterus is normally found with this test no matter the stage! So, I will continue having a positive attitude over all this! Another test they did was to check to see if I had cancer cells in my blood stream and that came back normal!
I'm so thankful for all God has blessed me with. And I hope he continues to bless me with wonderful results. I have so much faith and so does my husband. Roger and I are also very thankful for the wonderful support each and every one of you has given us. Our family and friends are amazing.
So after I received this amazing news, my scrapmojo was back in action! And here's all I did today.
Even though we continue to wait for the biopsy result of the uterus, I feel a lot calmer. God is amazing! And so are all of you! Thank you again for those encouraging and inspiring words.
Happy Scrapping Everyone!
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