So we thought that we were headed for chemo treatments first based on last week's visit with Dr. Arredondo, but Dr. Pruitt, my onlcologist, decided another route.  I will actually have surgery first to do the mastectomy on both sides to get rid of the cancer with Dr. Arredondo.  In the same surgery, Dr. Proffer, my plastic surgeon, will do the reconstruction on each side.  I meet with Dr. Proffer for the first time this Wednesday at 9:30 am.  In the mean time, Dr. Pruitt called and spoke with Dr. Arredondo about getting the surgery scheduled soon.  The surgery will be a full mastectomy on both sides with a few lymph nodes being taken on the left to make sure they are not cancerous.  We will just have to coordinate between both the surgeons to find a date that is good for everyone.  Tues morning I have a full body bone scan to do, and then Wed. before I go to Dr. Proffer I will have a CT scan of my chest, abdomen, and pelvis.  This will reassure me and the physicians that the cancer is just in my left breast.  Please pray that this will be the case.  Dr. Pruitt called the breast cancer STAGE II at this time.  He wants to do the surgery first in my case so that we can send it off for further genetic testing called ONCO testing.  This will basically give them a better understanding of my cancer and my future risks of recurrence.  That test will take about 2 weeks to complete.  I will see Dr. Pruitt 4 weeks after my surgery to go over these results.  Depending on how probable the cancer is to return in another part of my body will determine the treatment plan.  I would only do radiation if the lymph nodes were involved.  If my risk is low, I may only have surgery and tamoxifen.  If my risk, on the other hand, is higher then I will have to have chemo treatments for awhile.  He also didn't want to start with chemo because if for some reason I didn't need it based on these tests, we would have put me through that for nothing.  I also spoke with him on the possibility of having another child just to see if there was some way.  He told me that there is still a 50/50 chance of being able to do this based on a lot of factors.  We will discuss this further when we meet up again.  I guess I can say that this was the route I was actually hoping for instead of the chemo first mostly just to give me peace of mind knowing that they had taken that "crap" out of me!  I continue to feel like I am in great hands not only by the great physician, God, but with my medical staff at each clinic.  The staff at the Harrington Cancer Center couldn't have been nicer than they were today, and I feel blessed that God led me down this path to them.  Please continue to pray for healing and for a quick process to get this surgery done.  I want to thank each of you that have been writing those comments on my blogs.  I want you to know that I would love to write a response to each of your messages, but I would be on the computer for ever by doing this.  Just know that I do check my blog often and that I am so appreciative of your encouragement.  It means so much to me.  As requested, I was asked by several people to mention the fundraiser that the Lifestar Leap team has organized on October 15th at John Stiff Park (gazebo) for Chris and I.  Please know that I am not pushing people to go or donate because I know God is going to take care of us financially one way or another, but some people wanted more info on it.  It is from 1-6 pm and there will be a band and barbeque.  They are asking for people to sign up to bring sides and desserts.  If anyone wants to do so, Claudette Simpson said to call or text her at (806) 517-0271 to let her know.  It sounds like fun, and we are humbled by the fact that they are organizing something so sweet for us.  We are so blessed.  Thank you for your ongoing support everyone!  It really makes a difference.  God bless.  Love ya'll - Shay
Sarah McBride
10/1/2011 10:22:42


I am organizing and arranging meals for Shayla Shelburne and her sweet family. If you would like to help, please contact me. Feel free to contact me via fb, email (sarahmcbride08 at, or by phone or text (806-676-2435). Please pass this info along as needed.

Love you Shay!!

Mike and Nancy Weatherley
10/1/2011 22:19:52

Well, the technologically challenged Weatherleys in the other part of the great State of Texas want you to know that we are praying for you plus we have our church family praying for you. If we lived closer, we would be a part of cooking meals for you and the fundraiser. Therefore, we will pray for you and all of your family. God is good as you have stated in your blogs. We know He has everything under control. Love and prayers!

Nancy and Mike :)

Courtney Rhue
10/2/2011 15:29:45

Hey Shayla,

Just wanted to let you know we are and will continue to pray for you daily! Please let us know if you need anything at all!

Linda Schrib
10/2/2011 22:02:49

Just wanted you to know that we are praying for you and all of your family. I am glad you are keeping us informed about everything including the fund raiser.

We love you,
Linda & Jim Schrib

Baby Bennett
10/2/2011 23:04:33

I love you so much, Aunt Shay! Stay strong and know that my mommy and daddy are here for you always. Hope to see you SOON!!


Hi, we are cousins of sorts-- I am Phil's daughter. I love that you have such a good and possitive attitude! I pray that God will strengthen that in you. I know that you have many friends and family around you and that is wonderful, but know that Jesus stands with you-- next to you. Just as Paul said that Jesus stood with him-- He stands with you in every step you take.
Know too, that my prayers are with you. Blessing to you.

Barbara Grimsley
10/3/2011 09:12:14

Good Monday morning. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your boldness in your love and trust in Christ!! I know there are fears in the unknown, but with faith they seem to be less scary!
Though I don't know you personally, you will be lifted up daily and I believe God's healing. Keep the faith and stay strong in your fight. God's blessing on you and your sweet family!
Your boldness encourages me to be like you! Thank you!!!!

10/3/2011 09:53:20

I can hear a little more spunk in your blog today!!! Music to my ears!!! I will be in constant prayer that things will go so well that you will not need the chemo!! And I am with ya on hurry up and get the crap removed from your body!!!!! It is not supposed to be in there and needs to be taken out ASAP!!!!! Thoughts and prayers with you always!!!!!!! Love ya!!!!

10/3/2011 11:20:52

I am praying for the "low risk" option and healing!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!! Our God is faithful and Mighty!!!

Tammy Hutson Armstrong
10/3/2011 22:18:09

Tammy Hutson Armstrong
10/3/2011 22:23:26

Love to you, Shayla! I am sending a big HUG to you and many, many prayers! Just know that all of your extended family loves you too and we have all been thinking about all of ya'll. Keep the faith and know that GOD has always been so good to our family and continues to bless us everyday! Stay strong! Love You!

Cyndia Copeland
10/3/2011 22:32:06

♥♥♥Shayla, I am your Mom's friend. I'm also Dallas' Mom. I just want you to know that I will definitely add you to my prayer list. We all know that God is truly The Great Physician. HE can heal your body. Keep your faith in HIM. I will anxiously read your blog and praying that HIS will will be done.♥♥♥

Sally Messenger
10/4/2011 11:11:45

I am so glad you are going to Dr. Pruitt and Harrington. They got me through, and they will get you through as well. Dr. Pruitt is a wonderful doctor and a wonderful man. You are in good hands.

Cousin Beth
10/4/2011 15:22:55

Just wanted you to know that about 40 women are praying for you at my church Bible study. God is good like you say, Shay! He shows us that He alone is our sufficiency!!
Love ya,
Beth :)

LeeAnn Renfrow
10/4/2011 18:52:09


Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you all and praying. God will give you the strength to get through this!

Psalm 103:2-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits--who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's



Glenda M
10/5/2011 13:04:34


I am hoping and praying the scans turn out good! I was glad to read that you will not do chemo just yet. Hopefully, they can get it all through the surgery.


Melanie Hayes
11/14/2011 19:26:53

I love you and am praying for you. You already were an amazing young woman and now you are becoming even more amazing! I know you would not have (of course) chosen this path, but you are an inspiration to all as you travel this path!


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