I got the call from Dr. Arredondo's office today around 9:30 am to come over when I could so they could squeeze me in.  I went over around 10 am and saw him around 11:30 am.  Initially he had read my BRAC test results incorrectly and told me that I was negative for BRCA1 or BRCA2, which I thought was good news.  Dr. Arredondo did not act too reassuring at that point I think because then the question was raised that if I don't have the genes what caused the breast cancer?  Also, this meant the road for this was somewhat unclear as to how to treat it.  His nurse came in after about 5 mins and handed him that paper with the results on it.  Suddenly, he apologized and said that I did test positive for the BRCA2 gene and that he had read it wrong.  I guess this was somewhat better for the fact that we know now why I got breast cancer and have a more clear picture of how to treat this.  For my family members, this means that they will have to be tested for the gene as well because it is linked to breast, ovarian, colon, rectal, and prostate cancers in people who test positive for it.  We don't know which side of the family the gene came from, but it can sometimes just be a random mutation that happens in someone.  So then we discussed the odds of the cancer coming back in that breast or the other one.  My odds are much higher being that I'm under 40 yrs old.  At 5 years out the odds are only like 3% but by 25 years out my odds jump to 63%.  I don't like those odds, so the big news is that I will have a bilateral mastectomy to decrease those chances.  Also, I will need to have my ovaries removed by the time I'm 35 because my odds of getting cancer in them is much higher too.  We had discussed in the last visit with him and with several other nurses that we had wanted to have another child, but today the reality hit me that this just isn't going to happen.  I guess I had come to terms with it. Chris and I had made the decision that if there was a hormone component and there was any risk to me by having another child, we weren't willing to take that risk.  Chris and I thank God so much that he gave us such a precious child to raise.  Brenley is the light of our eyes and will now be spoiled rotten by her parents even more (so watch out!).  We are never against looking at adoption in the future but we have more important things to worry about right now.  The next step in the process now is to have my first appt with Dr. Pruitt, my oncologist, next Friday at 1 pm.  We are going to try to do chemo first to shrink down the two masses and the try to get clearer margins for the mastectomy.  If everything goes as planned, we will decide on what chemo is going to be best, and then Dr. Arredondo will do day surgery to put in a port in my chest area for the chemo.  Then, chemo will begin.  When they feel like it is time with the chemo, they will stop this and it's surgery time.  They think they can reconstruct the right breast since it doesn't have any cancer in the same surgery, but they are unsure if we can go ahead with the left reconstruction that day too.  Dr. Proffer will be my plastic surgeon for this, and I have my FUP with him on Oct. 19th.  Now if for some reason I am not a candidate for chemo at this time, we will proceed with the surgery first.  Dr. A thinks I will probably do the chemo first though.  So......I wasn't real surprised at the news today and had mentally prepared myself for this just in case.  I agree with Dr. A that this is the more traveled, clearcut road vs. not having the gene.  The only good news that I can think of from today is that I will get that breast surgery that I always joked about and insurance will cover it.  That's a bonus!  I have never really taken the easy road when it comes to medical situations and surgeries, so I wasn't too surprised that this was the outcome.  I know that nothing is bigger than God and that he is still carrying me through all this and taking the burden off my shoulders.  Yes, I still feel peace about this and know that this can only come from God.  He is my rock!  Again, I thank each of you for taking time out of your days to send cards, texts, or e-mails and most importantly to continue praying for healing.  I feel that God is already working on my healing because my breathing and headaches are much better.  Praise God.  If anyone has any questions for me please don't hesitate to contact me.  I want to open and honest with everyone because I'm not ashamed of this and maybe this will help someone else down the road.  God bless.  Shay    
Teresa Nichols
9/24/2011 11:03:05

Okay Miz Shayla, I can tell you have on your PINK boxing gloves and your ready fight!!!! You get busy punching and you keep punching!!! I told your Mom, you come from a long line of strong women, and you are just going to add to this legacy when you kick the pooh out of this stuff!!!!! We are praying praying for you and your sweet family!!! I am soooooooo glad you are breathing better and your headaches are better!!! God is GOOD and HE is going to help you through this storm!!!!!! Love YA girlie!!!!!!!!

Ben Weatherly
9/24/2011 11:51:24

We love you Shayla! You, Chris and Brenley are in our thoughts and prayers. Your strength through this is an inspiration to us all!

9/24/2011 14:56:35

Hey girl. Thanks for the update. Your faith shines through in your posts. I AM SO GLAD GOD IS FOR US. You and Chris ROCKED the 5K this morning!! We will be praying big for clear treatment path, quick healing, peace, wisdom, REST, and we will keep lifting you up to God, KNOWING that you are in His GREAT PHYSICIAN hands. Love you, friend.

9/24/2011 20:32:55

Your truly insiprational...keep your faith..prayers keep going up for u and fam...lots of love

Cheryl Weatherly
9/24/2011 23:39:18

Shayla just know that you have so much support and love. You are such a strong young woman--you come from strong stock. God has prepared you for this fight. Love you.

Megan Golden
9/25/2011 01:41:48

Shayla, you are a wonderful woman of God. Please know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

9/25/2011 10:50:46

You rock my world with you courage and faith. Know He is there with you keeping yu supported. I could not make the walk as planned as we had to go to Illinois, but you are in my heart and my prayers. Good cheer Sister.

9/25/2011 18:29:57

Shayla, Your strength already shines through all you do. Prayers and love...remember, " if I can do this, you can do this." Someone younger than I said that once and you have the faith to do this. Love you.

9/25/2011 19:35:10

Glad thatt you have a plan....I pray that you fly thru your chemo...It is a good thing when it is what y ou need...Praying for your healing all the way....love ya Phila

Phyllis G
9/25/2011 21:07:01

Just wanted to send our love!

Thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dawn Rakiey
9/25/2011 22:36:18

Thinking of you Shay....I know you have a wonderful family and great support up in Amarillo, but if you need anything at all, please know that I am here for you. I will continue to have you in my thoughts and prayers through all of this...Love you!

Mary Kate Huey
9/26/2011 10:15:10

Prayers are being lifted for you and your family continuousely in our home! Thank you for sharing your step by step procedures~you helped take the scary unknown out of the equation and put forth a plan of action that we can all learn from and pray specifically for each of your needs. God Bless you and know that we will be praying unceasingly!

Mike & Lynn
9/26/2011 11:22:44

Shayla, you are so strong and I know God is watching over you and has great plans for you! Love ya lots!

9/26/2011 13:02:54

Shayla, Your family is such a blessing.. God's testing is only for you to turn it into a testimony... God is truly in control.. Much love,

Tana Bray
9/26/2011 14:08:46

Shayla, You have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers since Tiffany told me the news. I admire your attitude --- its such an inspiration! Will keep the prayers going!!

Kerry Glakeler- Durvet
9/26/2011 15:06:49

Shayla, I have never meet you but know from having the pleasure to spend time with your mom and dad that you are very special and blessed! I know you will feel the support, care, love and hope of God, your family and friends with you on this journey. I will do my best on this end to help your daddy be able to focus on the important things... family...not work. God Bless, Kerry

Lynn McPherson
9/26/2011 16:15:36

Shayla: Lisa told me about your blog. So sorry you are going to have to go thru this. Lisa has another close friend that has a VERY similar story. You might get in touch with Lisa if you would like to talk to her friend about what she has done. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. God is a great co-pilot!!

Sarah McBride
9/26/2011 22:18:57

I am going to be 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 yahoo.com), or by phone or text (806-676-2435). Please pass this info along as needed.

Love you Shay!!

9/26/2011 23:51:57

shay shay, you are an amazing woman of GOD and He is using you for a great purpose. He will hold you in His hands every step of the way and will take care of you and your precious family. please let us know if we can do anything to help....val

Landon Weatherly
9/27/2011 00:03:11

Shay, Just wanted to stop by and let you know Me, Jacy and little B are praying and thinking about you daily. If you ever want to come by and play lego's like the old days me and B are open any time. Love you so much Shay!!!

Aunt Jacy
9/27/2011 10:42:56

Hey, Shay!! It was great seeing you last night - we need to do that more often. I admire your strength through all of this....we pray for you often! Love you so much - we're here for you 25/8. :)

9/27/2011 11:55:25

shay - You are so strong. This is so much to handle but your faith is awesome! Know I am praying for you. love, candi

Farley Gray
9/27/2011 12:02:55

Shayla-You know you are not alone through this. Thanks for the updates and your poise and grace. Prayers from me and Tony!

Ruth Shelburne
9/28/2011 09:54:04

I finally got my computer up and could read your report. So thankful for your wonderful attitude, and I, too, know that our God is the ONE! I will keep updated on yur blog. We remember you daily in prayer. Love, Ruth

Chance Hutson
9/29/2011 08:59:10


I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. We come from a stubborn and Godly family so that in itself is enough encouragment to everyone who knows that you and the family will beat this.

9/29/2011 09:54:27

We are neighbors of Curtis and Juana and have been keeping you and Chris in our thoughts and prayers. Juana gave me your website and I'm thankful & blessed to join the prayer team. Prayer is so powerful. You, Chris, family, loved ones, doctors, nurses, and all medical staff will be lifted up to the Throne of God. HE is our HOPE!!

9/29/2011 19:07:27

Stay strong Shay!! I am amazed by your strength, and proud of your fighting attitude. I know you will overcome this and help others (like you said) by telling your story. We will continue to pray for you and your loving and supportive family as well :-)
Love ya~Be

Ira and Linda
9/29/2011 22:32:20

Shayla, we love you. We are still in shock. Your faith and attitude are amazing. You are awesome. Everyone who knows you is pulling for you. We are praying for you. You are such a blessing.
Love, Ira and Linda

Mary Lou Lyons
9/30/2011 14:15:18

Just heard your news!! You and your family are on our prayer list. God is good--always!!

Sharon Mills
10/8/2011 16:46:14

Just to let you know that we are praying for you and your familyl My daughter in law is currently going through nearly the exact same thing you are. She had her surgery in July and has had 2 chemo treatments. She said for you to contact her if you wanted to--she has already been through the things you fixing to do. Her blog site is www.caringbridge.org/visit/jennymills
God will bless you through this trial--your faith is strong.
Sharon Mills

8/17/2012 10:57:59

Hi Shayla,
I thought about you out of the blue, and decided to look you up. Found this instead of the expected FB profile. I truly hope you're well (and I hope that you can read this without it posting to your blog necessarily).



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