Choosing Chemotherapy

On my first appointment with Dr. Victor after my mastectomy, he checked me thoroughly, said I was doing well, then reported the lab’s analyzation of my breast tissue and of the nine lymph nodes he had removed. I was a bit disappointed to learn that the cancer had metastasized not only to the one lymph node which was discovered by the ultrasound, but to one other. Lots of good news, though. The margins were wide; my prognosis was good.

“Dr. Victor, do you have any influence as to the oncologist I will see?”

“Yes,” he told me.

“I want someone who is ‘good,’ and who is friendly.”

He hesitated saying all the doctors in the oncology department were excellent, but I pressed a little, and finally he recommended Dr. Chan.

Dr. Chan's longivity chart

My husband, Rebecca, and Holly were with me at the first meeting with Dr. Chan. So kind, upbeat, and patient; answering all our questions. I suspect he spent an hour with us, going over my charts, then at the end showing me this one. May be a little difficult for you to read. The chart shows that by using all three approaches; mastectomy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy, as compared with other combinations, or exclusions, a small rise in my life expectancy is obtained. I judge the rigors of chemotherapy worth the extension of my life.

(I’ve read widely. Friends have emailed me with information. Some of them advise me not to have chemotherapy or traditional treatments at all. Others support traditional medicine. I’ve listened, and will continue to do so. I’m in full agreement that a healthy body is greatly desirable, and it only makes sense that a healthy well-nourished person will be more successful in fighting a disease, so I have made the decision to eat in even healthier ways than I have in the past–in particular curtailing my intake of sugar. I will continue exercising–no doubt ramping it up a bit.)

The choice of treatment was mine, and I made it quickly. After doing so, Dr. Chan, my family, and my friend agreed that I had made the right choice.

I begin chemo tomorrow, January 26, 2016.







13 thoughts on “Choosing Chemotherapy

  1. Will be praying for you in the morning. Trusting all will go well. I will be praying for you every day as you continue your detour.


  2. I woke up with a quote from my Mom’s Bible this morning, it fits my life today and I believe it goes along with your detour – “I can see to the corner, but God sees around the corner… don’t worry.” Praying for you today!


    1. Sister Kathy, thank you so much for thinking of me today and for taking the time to comment here. What a great insight, what a great reminder that indeed God knows what is around my corner. How safe and secure I am. Thank you for your prayers and your love.


  3. Dear Sis. Buxton,

    I am at Landmark and yesterday they had prayer for people with cancer. I prayed for you. It hurts me to know you are suffering. You look so pretty in the picture all hooked up..You do not look sick or like you just had surgery recently. I believe you will be a bright and shining star for Jesus everytime you go there. I am sure they see very few patients like Shirley Buxton!! Your robust faith in our God in spite of this trial is rare there I am sure. Few will have your glorious smile and adorable sense of humor in the midst of a dark valley. Few there are be filled with the glorious Holy Ghost!! remember once going door knocking out here with you and a few others..At your chemo treatments, the doors are already open and you will shine for Jesus to others who feel hopeless. You asked me to come and preach at the California conference in 2001 and 2002. I was so very impressed with your spiritual leadership and sensitivity to the Spirit. Thank you for trusting me and giving me an open door to minister. You are one of my favorite writers. I am a word lover and some of your sentences are like a masterpiece painting for my mind to view a new revelation. How I respect you…appreciate you and thank God for you!!

    Please text me that pic of you in chemo treatment. I want to copy it and put it on my refrigerator so I will see it often I promise to lay hands on it and to pray for you often. My phone number is 248-765-8711.

    I pray for your dear husband and all your kids and grandkids as I know it hurts them to see you go through this. May Jesus wrap you closely in His arms and may you feel His love as never before.

    I love you,

    Claudette Walker On Jan 25, 2016 6:47 PM, “Shirley Buxtons Cancer Detour” wrote:

    > Shirley Buxton posted: “On my first appointment with Dr. Victor after my > mastectomy, he checked me thoroughly, said I was doing well, then reported > the lab’s analyzation of my breast tissue and of the nine lymph nodes he > had removed. I was a bit disappointed to learn that the ca” >


  4. Sister Walker, I hardly know how to respond to such a powerful post, which I sense comes deeply from your heart. I love and honor you. Yes, I recall our going door to door during a convention. I also recall that you were very sick, and trudged on despite your difficulties. You truly are an inspiration to me, and thousands more, I feel sure. I thank you sincerely for your love, your concern for my family, and your prayers. My body is very weak today, but my soul, my spirit, and my heart are still clicking at 100 percent! How blessed I am, truly blessed, to be a child of God, to know He holds my hand, and that we are sisters together in this great body of Jesus Christ. My love and prayers for you and yours.


  5. Hi Sis Buxton, thank you so much for writing about your experience through this unexpectant detour of your life. I have found it encouraging and enjoyable to read. But also a strength for me. My mom also was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had just started Chemotherapy the week of Christmas. The scripture that continues to run across my mind when things seem a little discouraging is… “This too shall pass…” He will bring us through!!!! Thank you for sharing your heart because it is something I look forward to reading and learning from your experience to help my mom with hers. I will be keeping you in my prayers!!!!


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