Sunday, August 10, 2008

What do you want first? The good news or the...well, just news.


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We'll start with the good news!! Yay!! Jack is finally walking!! He's been taking steps for the last month but in the last couple of days he's finally taken off. He'll walk the entire length of the house if the mood strikes. It's too cute!! He's just a little cruiser now.

And then there's the other news. It's not bad news, but it's really not good news either. I had my annual "female appointment" last week. For the most part everything went well. But they did find "something" in my left breast. There's a small lump.

Not something I ever expected. Let alone at 24 years old. I haven't really known how to handle the situation the last couple of days. It's been a little emotional for me. It's not that I'm scared or anything. I learned that 80% of lumps that are removed are non-cancerous, so that's a plus. And I found out this morning that my dad's mom (who passed away about five years ago) had many masses found in her breasts, non of which were cancerous as far as I'm aware. I'm still trying to get ahold of family members who have more information about her medical history there, so I can discuss it with my doctor.

Anyway, the big stressor in all of this mess is that our medical insurance doesn't kick in until mid-September. Ugh. I went in expecting to just pay for one exam out of pocket. I actually went to my midwives (who I've had my babies with) because they also prescribe me my medication and I needed that prescription renewed. Since she's not a "doctor", per say, she told me to see my regular doctor and decide with him whether or not I needed a biopsy or mammogram.

Well, if I go in prior to benefits kicking in, number one, it could get pretty expensive, and number two, if they did find cancer I would then have a pre-existing condition which would render me uninsurable and we would have to pay for cancer treatments out of pocket. YIKES!!

We're not expecting things to go that way, but you never know. So we're trying to come up with the right plan. Jason gave me a blessing and we've been finding out what we can. So far we're feeling like, even though we know it could potentially be a big risk, waiting a month for benefits is the right thing to do. Might sound crazy to some, but we're just letting the Lord guide us on this one.

So anyway, like I said, not necessarily bad news, but not great. Just one of those things I didn't expect to be dealing with amidst everything else. We could definitely use your prayers. :)

Other than those two things, Jason will be starting his new job next Monday (a week from tomorrow). He'll stay in a hotel, courtesy of his company, Monday through Friday. Then Friday nights he'll hopefully be able to drive home and spend the weekends with us for the first thirty days. After that, he'll be sent to Oklahoma for three weeks (no weekend trips there :(). Then we'll finally all move out to Wyoming together and get settled in. Exciting!! Wish us luck! WE'RE GOING TO NEED IT!! :)

14 comments:

Paityn and Mark said...

Mckenna that is so scary! I hope everything turns out alright. Please keep me posted. I think you are doing the right thing by waiting. That's stressful enough then put medical bills on top of it and man oh man. I hope it's ok. Love ya

Dave Sue and Ty said...

Wow..lot's of big things going on! Good luck with everything I hope it all turns out o.k., especailly your health!

Lali Johnson said...

Oh My Gosh, McKenna, why didn't you tell me? I'm so sorry! You could apply for Medicaid you know, then you wouldn't have to wait. Let me know how everything turns out. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll come stay with the kids for a while if you need that :)

andrew and charonne said...

Hey that lump doesnt sound that bad. Im not trying to make it look not like a big deal, but dont stress too much, they probably already told you this, but just watch it, make sure it doesnt change. Almost everything in life that scares us turns out to be nothing, I always freak out about everything and its always just fine. We will totally keep you in our prayers, Im sure everything will be fine. My aunt had that not too long ago and they simply removed it, no biggie.

The Brandt Clan Fam! said...

Congrats on Jack walking! What a cutie!!! :) Sorry to hear the sad news. I'd love to help out in any way. Just let me know!!!

Randi said...

McKenna! How scary. You are going to be fine, I know it, but this has got to be scary stuff to deal with.
P.S. Jack's walking is SO cute!

Jobi Niu said...

Geez McKenna! Scary kinda.. I will totally pray for you. YOu should apply for Medicaid. Even if it's just for a month!

YAY for JAck walking! :) He's TOO CUTE! I love him.

Jason & Kelli West said...

I would for sure wait for insurance to kick in! Last year in October I got a mole removed and thought that I would be fine! It came back a Level 4 Melanoma (skin cancer..the highest level-and the worst is level 5) anyway Jason and I didn't have insurance! I had surgery up at the Hunstman Cancer Center, they took a nice big chunck out the right side (kidna by my arm pit, then they took out 3 lymphnodes to do a biopsy and make sure the cancer didnt' spread)I was lopsided (if ya know what I am talking about) for a while! They did give me 70% off of my bills. We still had to pay a lot of money, but it's better than nothing. I hope your lump turns out to be nothing and that you end up to be in total 100% GREAT health! The Lord does not give us anything that we can not handle. It is a scary thing to go through, but keep a happy attitude, it really helps make everything go a lot more smooth! ..sorry for the long post..hehe!

Griffee's said...

Oh man that is nto what I would concider "not bad news". I hope everything goes okay with all that. So Wyoming huh?...why?

BriandJason said...

Oh dude that is so scary, I am sure everything will be okay though!! You defintaly have our prayers, oh and I toally agree and understand the waiting for insurance, cause you got to have that!!!

Jason & Kelli West said...

McKenna it was so fun to talk to you today!! Here is the video I was telling you about that I saw on my scrapbooking forum! Hehe..it's funny!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dompotjTeIA

Sara said...

Good luck with everything!

In my first pregnancy, I had to have a biopsy done on two moles the doctors were worried about - they turned out benign, but I can understand a little of the Do-I-Have-Cancer stress. I'm really sorry about the health insurance issues too - we're still fighting for state aid for this pregnancy - what a stress! We'll pray for you!

Breeann said...

Yeah for Jack walking! Now it is a whole new story but boy is it fun (most of the time). As for you, what a scare! I will keep you in my prayers, let me know if you need anything! I look forward to a happy update.

DavisandLinda said...

That's really scary! I hope it turns out to be non-cancerious and everything is fine.

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