Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  Psalms 139:14-18

Some people missed the post on what was going on with the pathology from the surgery, so I am reposting this.  I am also adding the details from my doctor visit on December 28.

There was much good news and some bad news in the pathology report. My main tumor measured 7cm, but was mostly DCIS, a non-invasive cancer. That was wonderful news! I do have several invasive tumors, but the largest is only 4mm. This takes my cancer back to stage 1! Wonderful News! The stage goes by the size of the largest invasive tumor. The lymph nodes they took were negative, this is GREAT news.  Radiation is not necessary at this point.

Now for the bad news: 
1.  The invasive tumor has invaded the lymph duct.
2.  The invasive tumor is a nuclear grade 3 - these tumors tend to grow rapidly and spread faster.
3.  My HER2 score is a +++.  Cancers with too many copies of the HER2 gene or too much HER2 protein tend to be more aggressive.
4.  My Ki-67 was 30% - High scores—greater than 20%—mean that the cancer cells are growing and dividing at a rapid pace.

December 21 they started me on Aromasin, which is a hormone inhibitor. After the 1st of the year, I will have a port placed in my chest for chemotherapy!  A big answer to prayer for me.  My veins are very small and even Mayo Clinic has a hard time with them.  I really felt a port was necessary and yesterday the doctor brought it up himself!  Praise the Lord! 

The first four treatments are AC (doxorubicin (adriamycin) and cyclophosphamide) - given every 3 weeks.  My first one will be on January 18.  It will stop after 4 treatments.

Then they will add Herceptin for the HER2.

At the same time they will do the next four chemo sessions which will be Taxol (or Taxotere).

Most of this will be outpatient. However, the doctor said that due to my nausea problem, he will probably admit me for a couple days each round to be sure I am ok. Also, they will be keeping an eye on the node near my collarbone and the small spot in my lung. Please continue to pray. Pray that the chemo attacks any little cancer cell lurking in my body.

Of course, I hope to be done in 6 months, but that will depend on my body and how it handles all of these drugs.  Maybe I will have hair by Christmas!!!

I am recovering well from the surgery, but have had some trouble from the aromasin.  Pray for the headaches.  I would really like to be at our New Years Eve service this year.  Last year I missed it and I really want to go this year.  It is one of my favorite services of the year.  Thank you for your prayers.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

"...a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Through the many trials in my life, I have found that the Lord always gives me very special blessings that stay around long after the trial is over.  This trial is no different.  I had just found that I had a questionable mammogram and one of  the women in our church thought that her mother would be a great blessing to me!  Isn't that a wonderful testimony of a daughter about a mother?  Hope and I started corresponding and the Lord has given me a friend that the Bible talks about in Proverbs 27:17:

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Hope asked me if she could make me a handbag to carry my Bible and notebook in.  She is VERY artistic!!  She wanted to be sure that Christa was not left out and she made one for her also.  Today the dogs went wild with barking and Christa went downstairs to investigate.  The postman handed her a padded envelope and in it were these bags!!!!  Aren't they beautiful!  Mine is the pink and black one!!!!  They are beautiful and I appreciate them more than words can express.

Now, you would think that Hope is a woman without a care in the world!  On the day of my surgery, she scheduled herself for a mammogram.  The next week it came back suspicious.  This past Monday, the same day I got the news about my chemo, Hope found out that she has a 1 cm mass that is highly suspicious.  On this coming Monday she will be having a biopsy.  PLEASE be in prayer for her.  She and I have so many things in common, but this is one thing that I would rather she didn't have to share with me.

Hope, I appreciate you and love you.  Thank you so much for being my friend.  For listening when I was weary and for understanding when I was in self pity.  I'm praying for you.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our Darling Daughter

Well, this Christmas our daughter is missing almost 73 pounds of herself! I say missing, but I don't really think she misses those extra pounds. She has done this weight loss without surgery or pills. Just a desire to please her Saviour by being a better steward of the body and life He gave her. It has taken WORK on her part and I am so proud of her for sticking with it even during this Christmas season!

Christa, I love you. Mom

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Consider the lilies!

We have a wonderful Japanese florist that does all the flowers for the church.  Brother and Mrs. Peslak found her and we have continued to use her.  She is always such a blessing.  I usually meet her on Sunday mornings, but the first Sunday I was gone my husband explained to her what was going on.  She tried to bring these flowers to me Thursday at the hospital, but since I was a good girl I was able to leave the day before.  This last Sunday she brought them to the church for me.  They are beautiful!  I had my picture taken with them today.  I don't look the greatest, but the flowers sure do brighten my life up right now!!

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Luke 12:27

Monday, December 21, 2009

First Day in Public

Forgive me for not writing, but the last few days have been up and down for me. The Lord is good and I know He carries me to the next day! I could not do this battle on my own.

Today was the day that I met with the surgeon about the results from the mastectomy. He had to draw some fluid out of the mastectomy site and I had a slight reaction to the adhesive from the bandage under my arm. He did give me some cream to put on it. I am sure that this will help!

Much good news and some little bad news.  My main tumor measured 7cm, but was mostly DCIS, a non-invasive cancer.  That was wonderful news!  I do have a 4mm invasive papillary carcinoma tumor.  This takes my cancer back to stage 1a!!!!  Wonderful News!!!  The stage goes by the size of the invasive tumor.  The invasive tumor has invaded the lymph vessel, this was not so good news.  The lymph nodes they took were negative, this is GREAT news.  Today they started me on Aromasin, which is a hormone inhibitor.  Radiation is not necessary at this time.  I start my chemotherapy in about 4 weeks.  It will last a total of 6 months.  Half way through they will start me on herceptin, which will block the HER2 that is a +++.  I will lose all the hair, all over my body.  I'm hoping that my chin hair that started to grow after menopause will be the first ones to go!!!

Most of this will be outpatient.  However, the doctor said that due to my nausea problem, he will probably admit me for a couple days each round to be sure I am ok.  Also, they will be keeping an eye on the node near my collarbone and the small spot in my lung.  Please continue to pray.  Pray that the chemo attacks any little cancer cell lurking in my body.

On a very important note, I want to thank so many people that have helped me through this time so far.  First and foremost, the Lord.  "I believe to see!"  Second, is my wonderful, caring husband!  I have NO idea how I would get through this without his many assurances and constant devotion. 

Thirdly, our darling daughter Christa!  She is a rock and is single handedly making sure that Christmas comes to our home!  She has been baking and shopping to keep up with everything.  Today we were at the hospital for 4 hours.  When we arrived home we found a new delicious cranberry chicken dinner waiting for us!  What a wonderful daughter the Lord has given to us!  December 15 we celebrated the day the Lord brought her into our home 23 years ago!  We are truly blessed!

Fourthly, Dan and Terri Gardner.  Fellow Minnesotans that have been in Japan for over 30 years and what a blessing they are to Japanese and Americans.  They were in the middle of their Christmas Children's Program and they moved things around so they could spend part of Thursday and Friday morning with us at the hospital.  They did a lot of translating for us.  Terri went with me for checking in and for a scan I had to have.  They are a busy missionary couple who have many demands on their time and yet they managed to be there for us.  We love them and appreciate them more than we could ever express.  Please pray for them.  They have their own trials, but never use them as an excuse to quit serving the Lord.

Lastly, in this post, I want to thank all the members of Foundations Baptist Church!  You have risen to the challenge and filled so many needs.  The meals, the cards, the prayers, the visits, the gifts, the prayers...Thank you for letting Him use you to be a blessing to me.  I love you.

PS To all readers:  forgive the many mistakes in this note, I am just too tired to proof it!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Going Home!!!!

Going Home!!

You read the title right!!! Kelly was a very good girl and they took
the drain out yesterday!! Now comes the hard part! Using my arm and
all those muscles and tendons they cut.

I was up at 5:30 am as usual! Showered, blow dried my hair and got my
things together. Randy will be here in a little bit. He is taking
Christa to school so he can take me home in the car. The van is just
too rough.

Have a wonderful evening in the States and a great day ig you're in
our part of the world!!!

Kelly Anne

Monday, December 14, 2009

Good Morning

Good Morning once again! Had a rough one last night. Yesterday I went to adjust the collar on my new pjs and lifted my left arm too far too fast!!! Almost passed out from the pain!! Caused me problems all night, but today will be better.

Yesterday they gave me a roomie who has a kidney infection. She goes home today. She is twenty and is in the picture below. Asari is her name. I was able to give her mom and her a tract. We used the Japanese translator on my phone to help. Please pray they will visit our services or the Gardners' special services for Christmas. The Gardner Family has been here for over 30 years and have planted several churches.

Also, I met a lady while walking around the nurses station. She had a big surgery last wednesday and is in a private room. She is lonely so I stopped and picked her up on my way around yesterday morning. The nurses thought it was cute. Pray that somehow I can witness to her. Her name is Rika. She speaks no English.

Have a good day and rememeber that God Is good ALL the time!!

View From My Bed

My New Roomie

Asari saying, "Hello!"

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yoyo/ I put this on my nurse call button!

Good morning!!

Well, I am back in the land of the living!! Today my main symptom is
a splitting headache, but those are just routine. Thank to all of you
fir your prayers and thoughts on my behalf. They mean so much to us.

Last night some of our ladies came to visit me and they brought me a
new Hoops and Yoyo goody! I love these fun lovin' little guys.

I need to rest some more. Thank you again for your prayers.
Your Friend,

Friday, December 11, 2009

Language Barriers

First of all I would like to thank you all for all of your prayers. It
is such a comfort to know that we aren't going through this alone.

Mom is okay, but could be a lot better. She said she rested pretty
well though the night, but she is still in quite a bit of pain.

There was a language barrier problem concerning pain medication, but
they are working it all out right now...hopefully.

Please continue to pray for mom that the pain will subside, that she
can get good rest, and that the recovery time will be swift.
Hopefully next time she will be able to put in a short post herself. :-)

Sent from my iPhone

What's going on so far

The doctor came an spoke with dad and me a little bit ago. He told us
that mom was in the recovery room sleeping. He Aldo said that the
lymph node under her arm was not cancerous!!!!! Praise the Lord.
Thank you for all of your prayers. Mom should be getting to her room
soon, so I will post another update later! :-)

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mom before her surgery! 〓

Mom's Surgery

Well it's me again! I hope that you all are doing good.

We just walked mom to the operating room (well at least as far as we
could go). She is doing good, and was in high spirits as she walked
in. Thank you for all of your prayers. I will post another update
once we know more.

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christa: Just checking in

Hi everybody! This is Christa, the amazing daughter of Kelly
Johnson! :) Just kidding! I am just checking to see how this works for
tomorrow when mom is in surgery. Have a great day and I will keep you
all updated.

Sent from my iPhone

Times of surgery etc

Had another 4 hours session at the hospital today.  Mostly sitting.  I will be entering the hospital around 1 pm tomorrow.  That is 11PM Wednesday night est.  I have a procedure at 3 and then another at 4 pm.  My mastectomy is scheduled for Friday morning at 8:30 am which is 6:30 PM Thursday EST.  Hope this all helps you all to pray.

Please pray.  I am tired, sore, and a liiiiiittle nervous!  I know the Lord is in control.  Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedules to pray.

Kelly Anne

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Do!

Well, my ladies are a little worried about their anonymity!! We sure did have fun and I told one of our ladies this morning that it was just what I needed! Everyone laughed so much and the Lord really gave me a light heart! Truly, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine!!!

Here is my new cancer do! I did save my hair and although I do think it is cute, I did cry when Randy picked me up!!! After the hair cut, we went for a walk in one of the local parks. We took our pooches with us. Enjoy!



HOW TO WALK A DOG (Christa's way)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ladies Homebuilders Fellowship

Tonight was our annual Ladies Homebuilders Fellowship. This is for all ladies in the church as everyone is building a home. It is one of my favorite "happenings" of the year! I always make spaghetti pie and homemade bread. This year I had it earlier than usual as my surgery will be on Friday and I didn't want to miss it. We had so much fun this evening as we talked about having "A Merry Little Christmas". As Christians we of all people should have a merry little Christmas! After all Isaiah 43:25 tells us that He will not remember our sins!!! Thank you Jesus for being born, living as a man, dying, and rising for me to have my sins forgiven, buried, and forgotten!!! I pray you all have a Merry Little Christmas and please don't forget all that Jesus has done for you. Below are some photos and videos that I think you will enjoy!!!

Our Ladies Christmas Fellowship

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday in Okinawa

Baby Aaliyah and I singing before
the baptism.
She's my little angel!

My wonderful husband baptizing
Br. Joey.  Br. Russell led him to the
Lord after the service
and he wanted to get baptized
because he was leaving this week.

My hubby, Br. Stewart (Aaliya's daddy),
Br. Joey, and Br. Russell.

This is Miranda and I!
I had the privilege to tell her
about my Saviour after the
service!!  He is now her wonderful

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD."  Psalm 122:1
We had a wonderful morning in church.  2 saved, 1 baptized!! 

We had 3 single guys and 1 geographical bachelor over for lunch today.  I try to cook every week.  These guys just LOVE home cooking and I LOVE cooking for people who LOVE eating!  Today we had a delicious corn beef brisket that the Lord provided through one of our very thoughtful families.  This was my first time cooking one in the crock pot and it turned out wonderful!  The guys ate all the molasses, oat bread I made!  They do everyweek.  Now, I am sitting here while hubby studies and one of our young Navy corpsmen rests on the couch.

I have a hair appointment for Tuesday.  My hairdresser is going to cut it off to just above the shoulders.  She doesn't want to, but it will all be off my head in a couple of months anyway.  This will make it much easier for me while I am in the hospital and bathing will be restricted.

Well, that is all for now.  Just wanted you all to know what a wonderful day we have had so far.  I need to take a nap as by the afternoon, I am wiped out!!!!  God bless and may He give you all a wonderful Sunday also!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Effectual Fervent Prayer!!

Well, after Wednesday we thought my surgery would probably be January 5.  The doctor was hoping for a cancellation on December 18.  I really wanted my surgery earlier for a few reasons.  One is that earlier surgery means earlier chemo.  I'm ready to get started fighting this "giant" rather than reading about it. 

Another reason was that I really didn't want to miss teaching school.  My boys have worked so hard and have been very diligent about their studies.  They will finish all of the class work that I had scheduled to finish before Christmas this next week.  I wanted to be able to finish the first semester with them in January. 

I have asked many people to pray about God's timing and that He would allow me to continue teaching through this.  This morning we headed to the park with the ladies to pass out tracts.  We had a beautiful day and an enjoyable morning.  Christa and I came back to the house and prepared lunch.  The phone rang and it was my surgeon.  He told me that he had a cancellation for this next Friday, December 11, and so he scheduled me for that day!  This will give me 4 weeks of recovery before school starts in January again!!!  Praise the Lord for the prayers of God's people and for a God who cares about my desire to teach!!! 

James 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I want to thank each of you who have prayed and the dear sweet notes of encouragement I have received from you on this blog.  You don't know me and yet you have taken the time to let me know you are praying.  This has meant more than I could ever express. 

We will keep this blog as up to date as possible.  I have it worked so that I can email on my iphone and send it to the blog and it posts it!  Isn't that just sooooooooooooo cool!!!!!  Christa will be able to email the blog right after my surgery.  Keep praying.  God's ocean of Grace is working! 

Kelly Anne

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I believe to see!

I am writing this from school as my students do their seat work. I have GREAT young men in my class. Please pray that the Lord allows me to continue this part of the ministry.

Well, Dec 18 the doctor might have a cancelation, if not I will be having surgery on Jan 5.

Yesterday was a long day and I made it through. A little weary, but praise the Lord for His strength.

I have invasive ductal carcinoma. Looks like the axillary lymph nodes in my left arm have the cancer also. They found a lymph node in my neck and a spot on my lung they will be watching. Dr thinks not metastisis. Radiology thinks is. The Lord knows and in His time we will know. I am at stage IIb, at least for now. The main tumor is a grade 3. They also found 5 more masses. We knew about two of them, but not the other three. For those who know, my HER2 is a score of 3+. My ER is + and my PR is -. This has to do with hormones.

I will have chemo and once the nodes are checked to be sure, I will also have radiation. I praise the Lord for the doctor He gave me. Continue to pray for healing and especially that Dr Ueda will be saved through this.

I am saying with David, "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.". I believe to see!!!!!

Kelly Anne