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Friday, August 22, 2014

Anything Goes Linky #168, Features, and Treatment Update

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If you would like an update on my breast cancer treatment, go ahead and read this paragraph. If not, go ahead and skip to our great features and linky! I have not been updating you much on my treatment front, since I want to be positive, and happy here at Bacon Time.  Earlier this month, I met with my medical oncologist. They said since I am on a form of "oral chemo" I will need to have regular blood work. Unfortunately the blood work showed that I have a slight abnormality in my cells, which needs further study. It could be a simple vitamin deficiency, so I am trying not to worry, always easier said then done.  Results should be in soon. Regardless of those results, further discussion is needed with the experts. After 4 rounds of prescription meds,  I have yet to kick a nasty reoccurring infection. They say it has nothing to do with the medication I am taking to help prevent a further breast cancer. If that's the case, I need answers for why I am still sick.  I hate being whiny, but I refuse to accept sick as my new normal.  At least I do have some good news. You may recall me mentioning that I met with a genetic counselor, and we chose to run a comprehensive gene test, to see if I carried any mutations. I wanted to know for my own sake, as well as my children. I learned before I made my treatment decision, that I didn't have any of the top 6 gene mutations associated with breast cancer. This week, after 3 months of patiently waiting for results, the 12 other tests results came in! I am happy to share that all of them came back negative for a genetic mutation. One gene "MRE11A"  however came back with a variance that needs further study. They are uncertain at this time, if the variance is of any real concern. The genetic gurus at the lab will try to determine if it's a benign variance.   You see many of these gene tests are still new science. It feels good to know that in a small way, I am helping advance the study of gene mutations associated with cancers.  MRE11A is a gene that appears to serve a role in the bodies ability to repair DNA damage. Mutations with this gene are associated with a higher risk of breast, and ovarian cancer.  Please keep in mind, this is my interpretation of the scientific facts presented to me. I am not a doctor, and apologize if anything I said is incorrect.  So you see, once again I feel like I am in limbo, and somewhat thinking a mastectomy would be an easier alternative.  Aside from all this, I am good, my boys are healthy, and back to school,  my marriage is happy, and I truly have so much to be thankful for. 

Always staying busy, I have shared a few fun things this week, like my 5 minute caramel apple cream piesun ripened tomato basil chicken pizza, and handmade pumpkin loofah soap.  

Now for some awesome features from last weeks linky:

Pom Pom Pen Tutorial  shared by The Crafty Blog Stalker. 

Zucchini Pizza Crust  shared by Scrapality. 

Camo and Floral  shared by Sincerely Jenna Marie

Now it's time to share what you have been up to!

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. 


  1. Mindie,
    YOU are always in my prayers. Thanks for the party!!


  2. prayers and hugs for you as you continue on your journey to health. Thank you for hosting and even more hugs..HUGS!

  3. I've been praying for all those I know with cancer. There has been so many it seems like lately and it just breaks my heart. So glad to hear your tests were negative. Thanks for hosting the party through all this.

    Shannon -

  4. ((Hugs)) Glad for the good news on the genetic counselor front! Hope you get some concrete answers (soon!) and start feeling better.

  5. Hi Mindie!
    Thanks so much for the medical update. I've been wondering how you're going and what's been going on. Sounds like quite a bit. I continue to keep you in my prayers every time you cross my mind. I've shared your story with friends and family . . . and we all send you our best.
    Oh, and your boys are so handsome!!
    Thanks for hosting another great party, MIndie!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  6. I so hope that you get good news on the medical front, and you and your family will be in our prayers. First day of school pictures are great. I'm going to have a 7th grader too. Really lovely features this week. I hope you have a phenomenal weekend, and thanks for hosting an awesome party.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

  7. Thank you for hosting us.
    I wish you all the best.

  8. Hi Mindie, I pray that you will be alright. Sending prayers you way. Your boys are so cute and adorable. Good luck with them going back to school and thanks for the party.

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  10. Hello cute lady! Thank you for hosting such a fun party! Please come and party with us. We would love to have you.
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  11. Hi Mindie! Praying for you as you continue your recovery! You are amazing!


  12. My prayers are with you! I'm happy to hear about the genetic testing! And I love the kids school pic :).

    Thanks for hosting :)

  13. Mindie-I hope your treatments go as smoothly as possible. I admire your strength an how you are staying positive. Best wishes!!!

  14. I am glad you tell us what is happening, I would hate for you to do all of this alone! That and we can send you prayers and good vibes! Thanks for a great party Mindie!

  15. Hi Mindie - Your boys are so handsome! Keep fighting the good fight and that includes getting information. Good news about the genetic tests. Not only do you get some peace of mind, but you are helping others down the road. The books will be arriving next week and I'll be sure to send an autographed one over to little man. Hugs, Holly

  16. Hope all news you receive about the gene testing is good news. I wish you the best! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Hi Mindie, I think it is good to share with us so we can pray for you and encourage you. I hope things keep getting better and better. Hugs & Prayers, Dianne P.S. Thanks for the party!

  18. Thank you for the medical update, I do think of you often. It must be so hard not to put everything down to the cancer now, but not everything is related. You are so positive and upbeat for us, that must be hard, sending you hugs from across the pond.

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