So it all began when I turned 31 yrs old and finally broke down and got a primary care physician.  I joke about this often because before this year I was pretty durn healthy.  I'm not overweight, not over 40 yrs old, don't smoke or drink, don't have a family history of breast cancer, and I workout often.  That is why everyone including myself was shocked when we learned I had breast cancer on September 1st.  I had been having a lot of testing and medical issues this year including difficulty with breathing and swallowing at times and headaches, but none of my doctors had come up with anything good to explain all my aches, pains, and problems.  I just attributed it to getting older.  Around Aug, 24th, I had found a lump randomly in my left breast.  It didn't concern me at first because I figured like a lot of women that it was just a cyst that came up.  I had never felt it before so it couldn't have been there that long, right?  Not the case.  I had it checked out by a nurse practitioner for my OB-GYN, and she told me we would keep an eye on it.  A week went by and I had been having some burning and shooting pains under that breast.  I decided to get it checked out.  They sent me to the Northwest Women's Imaging Center for an ultrasound.  We ended up also doing a mammogram (which women do not lie when they say that they squeeze you so hard that you feel your breast may pop!).  Shortly after a radiologist came in and gave me the shock of my life by saying, "I'm going to be frank.  I think it is cancer".  I thought she was kidding at first.  Then, reality slapped me in the face and I broke down.  They wanted to immediately do a biopsy.  I called my husband, mom, and sister to let them know the news and quickly was taken back for my procedure.  It was suppose to take little over an hour, but ended up taking over 2 hours and involved a lot of pain and bleeding in the process.  That was a really rough day and so where the next few days of recovery and taking in the news.  The following Tues, I got the official reports from the biopsy that confirmed that I have GRADE 3 (not to be confused with stage 3) invasive ductile carcinoma breast cancer.  I spent the next few days lining up some good doctors with the help of friends and family.  Last Friday, Chris and I went for our first appointment with Dr. Arredondo.  We spent about 30-45 mins in the room while he educated us on so many things and was very thorough in answering all our questions and concerns.  He was very comforting to both of us, and we left there feeling like we were in good hands.  We came to the conclusion that our first step was the BRCA blood testing to see if I carry the gene for breast cancer.  Once we get those results early next week, we will decide our plan of attack from there.  I pray for the easier route and for the test to be negative for the gene.  I will be posting our findings next time.  In the meantime, please join me in asking God for a negative test result. 
9/15/2011 09:53:08

I'm so proud to be your sister and to stand beside you while you fight this cancer! You amaze me with your strength and although you are my baby sister, I look up to you! GOD is amazing and this two week battle has already strengthened my faith. I love you so much!!!!!!

9/15/2011 11:25:27

Thanks sis! I look up to you and am so blessed to have you not only as my sister but my best friend. I love you more than you will ever know. You are my rock and I know we will get through this together. Thank you so much for all your support!

9/15/2011 12:09:36

You are so right...God has a special plan for you and He has the most amazing healing power....I pray He gives you the peace that passes all understanding....Love you Phila

9/15/2011 12:24:07

I work with Tiffany, and she has kept us up on the forward motion of your battle. We will lift you up in our prayers daily as you continue your journey. God bless you and your family.

9/15/2011 14:27:24

Shayla, I saw your post on facebook and immediately went to read your blog. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but so encouraged reading your thoughts and how you're handling this. You are such an inspiration to me as a Christian and a mom, thank you for being willing to share this. You and your family are in our prayers, please let us know if there's anything we can do.

Jesseca Jackson
9/15/2011 14:43:43

You are such an amazing person! Please know that you and your sweet family have been in my prayers and thoughts. Your attitude about this is overwhelming and so powerful. I loved reading your blog and plan on checking it often. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me.

9/15/2011 14:44:14

Shayla, you are an inspiration to many and will be to many more...We send prayers up for you and your family daily...May God Bless you through this time and offer you peace...keep your head up and know you are surronded by friends that are here for whatever you need! Love ya

9/15/2011 15:22:09

Shayla - You are a strong woman and have many fighting along side you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be a regular on your blog!

Brooke Hamilton-Neece
9/15/2011 15:28:46

My heart goes out to you and your family!!! We will be praying everything goes well and will be keeping up with you updates. Be sure to take care of you... You may be interested in Natural Hygene. It's a nutrition, well being lifestyle that focuses on whole, chemical free, natural eating. Lots of LOVE from your East Texas family!!!! Xoxo

9/15/2011 15:44:45

Your such a strong woman, mom, wife & Christian.....stay strong & positive! You already have a winning attitude and lots of love & support. You and your family will remain in my prayers!

Hodge Family
9/15/2011 15:48:13

B'La.... You are in our deepest thoughts and prayers. We love you.

9/15/2011 16:12:47

I know the Lord is going to carry you and your family through this time. He is an awsome God and you are a strong, wonderful, loving person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything please let me know.

God Bless you

Janet Buckley Claborn
9/15/2011 16:22:26

Shayla, you have an amazing attitude; however, I am not surprised. The Weatherlys and the Shelburnes are both amazing and I have been blessed with the honor and privilege to know both families.
Remember.....God is on your side. My prayers and my thoughts continue to be with you and your family.

Susan Leary
9/15/2011 16:36:19

Shayla, prayers for you and your sweet family are going up.......I was so very surprised to see you last year at the wedding and so thankful to see you at the wedding. I will follow and know that I am praying for the best possible outcomes. Give your mom a hug and tell her hello. love you girl....Susan

9/15/2011 17:35:34

I am so proud of you and so proud to be your sister in law! We love you guys so much and you are in our prayers daily.

Mom and Dad Weatherly
9/15/2011 19:45:03

You are and have always been a precious daughter to us. We are proud of the wife, mother and physical therapist that you are, but mostly the strong Christian young lady that you are. God will see you, Chris, Brenley, and us through this, for HE is the GREAT PHYSICIAN AND HEALER. We love you sooo very much!

9/15/2011 20:21:02

Laura, Levi, and I have been and will continue to pray for you every day. You and your family mean a lot to all of us. Please ask if there is any way that we can help.

Mary McWhorter
9/15/2011 20:31:49

Shayla, I heard about your trials Sunday when Babs Lombard told our Sunday School class to pray for you and that you had breast cancer. I am praying and I have told my prayer group and they are praying also. I am praying for the test to be negative as of tonight when I got this e-mail from Emily. I know God is right there with you and He will never leave you. Thank you that I get to pray for you and share in this. What a godly young woman you are. Mary Mc

9/15/2011 20:33:21

What a treasure it is to know you. I admire your faith and so enjoy laughing with you at work (just say it-you enjoy laughing AT me!! Easy to do!) We pray for God's PHENOMENAL courage,GREAT PHYSICIAN healing, UNBELIEVABLE peace, and wisdom beyond measure to you and yours as you fight this cancer. (How could I comment without some fun adjectives??!) Much love to you and thank you for taking the time to share your story. You are--and will always be--a great encourager for God!

Cheryl Weatherly
9/15/2011 20:44:07

Thank you for forwarding the information. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your strength is amazing. God bless you and yours. Love you.

Katy Weatherly Glowicki
9/15/2011 21:03:07

You are such a strong person and I know you will fight this through! Your attitude is amazing and just know you are NOT alone. I love you cuz!

Ben Weatherly
9/15/2011 21:40:31

You, Chris and Brenley are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We know you will win this fight. We love you!
Ben, Mary Frances, Bree and Camryn

Farley Gray
9/15/2011 22:22:34


You have been a great inspiration to me. This is not something you have to go through alone. You know you have so many people to help you. You and your beautiful family are lifted up daily in prayer. I value your friendship and you know you just have to say hey! I have no doubt you are going to kick Ca because you are tougher than the back end of a shooting gallery.

Love ya


9/15/2011 22:39:27

I love you so much Shayla! You are an amazing friend and the sister I never had! :) Praying for you and trusting God for healing, hope, and provision for your family!!

9/15/2011 22:53:26

Hope you do not mind that Joe and I have forwarded your diagnosis to many friends who are "prayer warriors". When I spoke with your mom, she was positive that you would not mind. When you feel afraid rely on God. He will carry you through anything. You are in our prayers daily, and we will pray for the best treatment for your path.
Joe and Babs

Kristie tooley
9/16/2011 02:23:21

Shayla, I am in Mary mcwhorters prayer group and just heard about your diagnosis today. I am not only praying for you but forwarding this to others to pray. Your attitude is indeed a blessing. God is indeed the great physician and I look forward to your victorious healing! I will b following your blog as I pray for you and your sweet family. If there's anything I can do please let me know. Kristie tooley

Cindy Allen
9/16/2011 11:07:42

shayla, I'm praying for you, Chris, Brenley, and your families. You sound so positive and I believe that makes all the difference. Love you girl. God Bless you everyday on this journey. Cindy Allen

Linda Hall
9/16/2011 11:29:34

We will stand by you. I know the trial you are in, and your friends and family as well as our God will guide and support you. You are well loved and respected in all areas of your life. I am blessed to be called your friend, and am honored to be part of your life. My prayers are with you and your family, always. You are an amazing lady Shayla.

Jennifer Lucero
9/16/2011 22:56:30

Shay, you are a strong Christian woman. I feel very Blessed to have you in my life. God has a plan. Our family is praying for you and your family. Know we are here if you need anything. -Jenn

9/18/2011 20:54:00

Shayla, ONE DAY AT A TIME, he will guide you, empower you, love you, and embrace you. Many Blessings to you and your family. Hugs and smiles. Thanks for all you do.

Jennifer Mason
9/19/2011 18:54:53

Shayla and Chris,
I am truly on my knees for you guys in prayer! Your family is very precious to us and we will not stop lifting you up to our heavenly father.


Wes Conway
9/23/2011 18:27:26

I will continue to lift you up daily in prayer to our loving Heavenly Father. God is holding your hand. Love, Wes

David and Kathy Driskill
9/24/2011 18:20:42

Chris and Shayla,
We just wanted you both to know we have been thinking about both of you. We are praying for your healing, Shayla, and hope all goes well with your surgery and recovery. I think this website is wonderful. It keeps people updated without intruding into your private life. Best of luck to you and all of your family.

Gene & Delorise
10/14/2011 16:07:30

Carolyn S
10/17/2011 15:07:50

Shay....Since hearing about your battle, you have been on my mind every morning when I wake up.....many prayers have been said for you and your family. You have been a strong "cookie" in the past and we won't expect any less of you now!!!!!!

Love you, Carolyn


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