Still Climbing… A Few Updates

Jenny Climbing the Needles in South Dakota

Genetic Testing

Jenny took the BRCA test to see if she was a carrier of a gene sequence that predisposes people to cancer.  The test came back negative, meaning that she is NOT a carrier.  This is GOOD news.  It means there is a smaller chance of recurrence when we get through this.

Austin Wholistic Health  — Dr. Bandy

We went to AWH this week to see the famous Dr. John Bandy.  He is an exceptionally gifted chiropractor, was the first person to diagnose Lance Armstrong with cancer, has published widely in scientific journals on alternative healing therapies, and is the official chiropractor of the University of Texas Athletic Department.  It was impressive to watch the master work, and his kindness and obvious familiarity with the human body really put us at ease.  His unalloyed advice was, “Get the surgery… you would be foolish to pursue an alternative therapy” for this particular cancer all things considered.  It wasn’t what we expected to hear, but in a way its nice to have some general agreement among the various health care providers.  From what information he could gather though muscle testing, it  is his opinion that the cancer has not spread.

Oncology Surgeon #2

We visited our second oncology surgeon here in Austin.  His advice also was to pursue a full mastectomy, though his demeanor and outlook were much more conservative and not so “knife happy” as the first surgeon we saw.  No mention of double mastectomy, and certainly no mention of removing ovaries.

MD Anderson Cancer Center — Houston, TX

We are still trying to get into MDA, and we have a number (five at last count) of people trying to pull strings for us.  We are in the queue, and hope to hear something soon.  Stay tuned


We are still sitting on a tentative diagnosis of Extensive, High-Grade DCIS with suspicion of micro-invasion.   The consensus recommendation so far from three different doctors is to do a full mastectomy with a sentinel lymph node biopsy to see if the cancer has spread.  We won’t know more until after a surgery at which point both the lymph nodes and the tumor itself will be examined.  In the mean time, Jenny has undertaken a strict anti-cancer diet that essentially means eating 99% vegetables, drinking lots of fresh juice, no  processed food, very little or no salt, and only eating enough meat to keep her weight up.  Please continue to pray, and we’ll keep the updates coming.


~ by jdballard on February 16, 2012.

4 Responses to “Still Climbing… A Few Updates”

  1. We are praying for you and will continue to do so throughout this journey. That is a very impressive picture of Jenny climbing!!!

  2. We love you guys and are praying. Thanks for the updates as it keeps the speculation at bay. I wish there was more we could do….Terri

  3. Love you guys and praying for continued strength through this process. Thank you for keeping us informed. You know you have a place to stay in Houston as long as you need it. Hugs to you all!

  4. Thank you Jason for keeping us updated. Please know that all Jennifer’s friends (that I know) are praying for God’s Healing Touch. I love you both.

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