Tiffany update 10-21-16

Good afternoon everyone! If it is your first time here, welcome to my blog. In the past this has been a place for me to share thoughts and stories about everyday life. And while I haven't written in awhile, I decided today was the day to jump back in, as this is probably going to be the easiest way to keep everyone updated as we hopefully get a heart transplant in the near future.

To catch you all up, my wife Tiffany suffered her 8th and most severe heart attack on October 1. It was a scary day in which we almost lost her. She spent the next 2 weeks at the Ohio State University -  Ross Heart Hospital, where the doctors determined that she would need a heart transplant. They put her through every test you can possibly imagine, and ultimately recommended her to the State of Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium for a heart transplant, who approved her almost immediately. All we had to do was wait for one more test to clear, and Emily (her amazing transplant coordinator at OSU RHH) could finish the final data entry for her to be listed. That test was a mammogram.

In the course of that test, they found a small mass of some type in her left breast. they wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure it was nothing that needed biopsied, then she would be listed the next day. Easy enough, right? Except, nothing with my Little Red is that easy. They recommended a biopsy.

As of now she is scheduled to have that biopsy on Monday, October 24th, 2016. We should have the results by the end of next week. Tiffany had already decided that if the mass is not benign, that she would choose to have a double mastectomy in order to remove problem and get back to focusing on the heart. We have been praying it will not come to that. However, we were told this morning that if the mass is malignant, Tiffany cannot be on the transplant list for a minimum of five years past the last time they see anything cancer related. My heart dropped. Pushing her out that far would almost certainly make the outcome unimaginable.

We believe this mass to be benign. There is no history of breast cancer in her family. So it is reasonable to think it will be nothing.  But I will ask, if your eyes are reading this, say a prayer for the best possible outcome, for this thing to be benign. Because we also believe in the power of prayer.

I will post updates as they come along. We are truly grateful for all of our family and friends who have though of us during this time. From the meals showing up on our doorstep to the phone calls and visits, both Tiffany and I feel blessed to have this awesome support from all of you.

Day # 1328 since Tiffany and I said I do. Praying today for about 20,000 more. Because everyday we are together, it is good to be me.


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