Dear All,
Doc came home Friday night walking under her own power. She walked in, ignored the dogs, and sat down to eat a Caesar Salad. I had a quick chat on speakerphone with her, and she sounded happy to be home! Hopefully, she gets a good night sleep in her own bed. God Bless, MK


Doc Going Home

Dear Family and Friends,
Doc is heading home today after dinner. Guess she is in that 60% that only has to stay overnight after breast cancer surgery. Dianne is off the morphine and on celebrehx. She has already taken two walks in the hospital hallways. I think we might have to tie her to a chair now and again to slow her down! HA! So, ALL the news is GREAT! Thank you God for prayers answered. Love, MK

Post Surgery Update

Dear All,
Just a quick update I got from Dave, Katie and Dan as they were driving from the hospital to Delaney and Danielle’s volleyball matches. Katie says,”Doc looks great!” This is high praise from Kate the Great! Dave said,”Everything went so well. It was almost anti-climatic!” What a relief for everyone, especially Doc, Dave and the girls. Dianne said,”My chest is on fire!” So Dr. Metcalf (Katie) said,” Could you please give her some more morphine?” After the morphine Doc replied,”I am taking a nap now, you can all go to the volleyball games.”
Dave told me there is a 60% chance Dianne would get out of the hospital on Friday, and a 40% chance that Doc goes home on Saturday. It all depends if they have her PAIN under control.
Katie and Joan are going home on Sunday, and I will go over on Sunday or Monday. Mom Helen was praying in earnest from Iowa, along with Jimmy and Matt. Tough for her to be so far away, yet she has raised amazing children who are handling things just fine! Way to go MOM!
After the volleyball matches, Dave was taking the girls to the hospital to see Doc. Dave, YOU are amazing, and I THANK YOU for loving my sister sooooo much!
That’s it from here. More to come tomorrow. Thank you for all the prayers, support and PINK! My daughter Nicole even purchased PINK low moccasin UGGS in support of her Aunt! Any excuse to buy some UGGS! Aunty Barb would be PROUD of her! Love, MK
PS My Mom called and said that she took a walk yesterday and was thinking about Barb and Doc. She stopped to regain some composure and looked to the ground. What did she see? You probably guessed it…. A DIME! She said a prayer of Thanksgiving to Barb, who she knows is watching over Dianne!
PPS Thank you Kathy for going to visit Doc since everyone had gone to the girl’s activities. It sure helps to have a big family where there always seems to be someone in the area!

Surgery Update

Dear Friends and Family,
I got a text from Dave at 11:30am with fabulous news: The Sentinal Node is NEGATIVE for cancer. So, Dianne will NOT need radiation or chemotherapy, as the cancer is contained in the left breast. Dianne had both breasts removed and pathology will take a few days. Dr. Narens the oncologist was done and Dr. Fazilat was finishing up the reconstructive part of the surgery. I’ll do another update when I hear Dianne is in recovery and how she is doing.
All three girls went to Mass this morning with Joan. Then they headed off to school. Dianne was given the anointing of the sick yesterday and all of daily Mass prayed over her. Very moving!
More later and thanks for all the prayers! Love, MK

Surgery Scheduled

Dear Friends and Family,
Dianne’s bilateral mastectomy is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Please continue to pray for a successful surgery and that the cancer has NOT spread outside the breasts! Katie will hopefully be in the surgery room, so that will be a blessing for Doc! Keep the faith! Love always, MK
PS Everyone put on your calendars to wear PINK on October 27th! This will remind you to pray for Doc! Thanks!

Waiting for Surgery Date

Dear Friends and Family,
Just a quick update on Dianne’s status. She has decided to have a bilateral mastectomy, which means both breasts are removed. She will have reconstruction. She is just waiting on a surgery date, as the surgeon and reconstructive surgeon have to synchronize their calendars. When I have that date, I will let you know ASAP.
On another note, the Peranich family continues to be very busy. Danielle is applying to colleges all across the country, playing volleyball, and studying until the wee hours. Dominique is up at the crack of dawn each weekday for “O” period PE. She is a cheerleader and has a tough class schedule, too. Delaney is in 6th grade, running cross country, playing volleyball, and following around her new puppy Cooper. Doc continues to spearhead the remodel of the new house. Last I went through, the house was a battle zone, with every room under siege. Thus, progress is being made and they hope to be in by Thanksgiving. Dave is busy with work, but came home early from an overseas trip to be with Dianne as they deal together with all the medical decisions.
The Purple Stride Pancreatic Cancer walk is November 5th in Elk Grove where I live. So far, I have about 12 people walking in honor of Barb. I interchange purple and pink a lot these days. Keep the Faith and thanks for the prayers for Dianne and her family. Love, MK

Fabulous News: BRCA Test NEGATIVE!

Dear Friends and Family,
Doc received a late night phone call on Friday from her doctor. He told her the BRCA test results were NEGATIVE! Thus, she does not have the gene for cancer! Thank you all for the prayers!
Dianne (Doc) and Dave will now decide, in consultation with her doctors, which breast surgery she will have. Love, MK

Thursday appointments

Dear Family and Friends,
Just wanted to give you a quick update on the four appointments Dianne had on Thursday, October 6th. First, we went to interview one of three reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Korman. We had a few laughs about small breasted women! Then, we walked across the street for Dianne to get her MRI. The MRI technicians had to position Dianne “just right” on her belly. The talked back and forth about going down an inch and a half on her breasts. Well, maybe it is only an inch. They were extremely respectful, but yet again, the small breast issue! Good thing Doc has a strong, confident ego! After the MRI we walked to get something to eat. Oh, we had Cooper the puppy for this entire trip. Cooper was a hit everywhere we went. After we ate, Dianne had an appointment with her ob/gyn who she has seen since she was 22 years old. It was nice to have him reassure us that this is just a bump in the road. I left after this appointment, and Mom and Doc headed to the second reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Liu. He spent an hour explaining everything to them, so Dianne is really becoming an expert. Dave called before each appointment and listened to the conversation from Switzerland. He gave input when necessary, and it was wonderful to hear the support and love he has for Dianne.
Today, Dianne should get the results from the MRI and hopefully the BRCA 1 & 2 genetic results. I will update again as soon as I hear more. Thanks for all the prayers! God Bless, Love, MK