Bad news at the Riner household

Good morning,

I know this will be long, but there’s not really not a more brief way to let you all know what’s going on.  Read it at your leisure.

About 2 weeks ago, Lora went for a routine mammogram and 2 days later received the call we always fear we'll get.  It appeared there was a suspicious spot that needed further investigation.  Last Monday, October 15th, we went to Tifton for a needle biopsy.  We had hoped the spot was only a calcification or thickening of the tissue.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  Lora received a message to call her doctor in Tifton on Wednesday and he told her that the spot was, indeed, cancerous.  She has Ductile Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) which means the cells are all contained and are not aggressive at this point.  This is the same type of cancer she had before and is in almost the same place.

We met with Doctor Joel Johnson last Thursday and he discussed options with us.  Since she  received radiation before, and the cancer is on the same side, that is not a possibility this time. 

Lora had also called the Center for Breast Care in Savannah where she had surgery 13 years ago when she had cancer the first time.  The physician she saw before has since retired, but Dr. Elena Rehl had an appointment available for yesterday, October 22 and we went to Savannah bright and early.  The doctor laid out exactly what needed to be done and took the time to discuss it with us.  Lora will have to have a mastectomy on the side that’s affected, but has chosen to do a bilateral procedure to greatly reduce the possibility of having to go through another cancer diagnosis later in life.  There will be sentinel node biopsies done on both sides of Lora’s body to make sure no invasive cancer has moved outside the breasts.

We were fortunate that the cosmetic surgeon who will be handling Lora’s reconstruction had an appointment available yesterday afternoon.  We stayed in Savannah and made a day of it to see him at 3:45.  Dr. Joseph Campbell (we couldn’t help but think of the soup empire) is the cosmetic surgeon and he took a great deal of time with us yesterday afternoon discussing possibilities for reconstruction. 

She’ll be having the mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time.  While the surgeries will take all day to complete, there will be fewer follow-up procedures with the option Lora has selected.  Additionally, if and when the sentinel nodes come back clear, Lora won’t have to have any chemotherapy. She'll have to spend 3 nights in the hospital. First night in ICU for hourly monitoring of blood flow to reconstruction sites, second night in the step-down unit, and third night in a regular room.  

At this point, we only know that the surgery will likely take place within the next two weeks.  When we have a confirmed date, I will share it with you.  Until that time I would ask that, if you’re a religious person, you pray for us.  If not, send the most positive thoughts you can in our direction.  We believe God is in control and this has been detected early enough to be gone when the surgery is completed.  Healing will take time, but we will be able to enjoy one another for many years to come after this is done.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,


Proverbs 13:3


  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 4,741 Captain
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • The MelManThe MelMan Posts: 3,769 Captain
    In Situ is good.  God is in control , stay in touch with Him.  God Bless and Keep ya'll.
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  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 2,072 Captain
    Best wishes for a comfortable recovery.

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    Psalm 50:15 

    15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

    Romans 8:28 

    28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    1 Peter 5:7

    7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

    “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.” ’

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  • kgfisherkgfisher Posts: 614 Officer
    Wow, tough news but looks like you guys have a good plan and very competent help. Best of luck as you go through this. Prayers for fast healing.
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  • dewyafishdewyafish Posts: 5,009 Admiral

    I always pray for the Riners and I will direct extra upstairs on Lora's behalf.

    (I like her better anyway...)

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  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 3,057 Moderator
    Not good Brad but it sounds you're on the right path. Marci and I will keep both of you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • BayBobBayBob Posts: 808 Officer
    Sending the most positive thoughts I can muster.
  • fsuwxmanfsuwxman Posts: 1,273 Officer
    Hate to hear this news but sounds like it was caught early and an aggressive plan is in place to lick it. Will be thinking of y’all. 
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  • GrumpyDavidGrumpyDavid JacksonvillePosts: 48 Greenhorn

    This is always news you don't want to get. Prayers and best wishes.....

     But if it has to come y'all got relatively good news.  Sounds like its confined and early.  Thirteen years is a recurrence but not generally a repeat.  The docs working together will have the best results in the reconstruction.

  • stanwillstanwill Posts: 399 Deckhand
    Prayers going up,Brad.
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  • amada8amada8 Posts: 790 Officer
    Hoping for the best of outcomes, Brad.  
  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 1,737 Captain
    Thoughts and prayers here 
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  • cc13cc13 Posts: 520 Officer
    Hoping for the best!!
  • Spanky DunlapSpanky Dunlap Posts: 684 Officer
    We will add your family to our prayers Brad. My wife had a rough 3 years with open heart surgery and emergency brain surgery, so I know how helpless you feel when your loved one is facing a challenge. Prayer and the miracles of modern medicine will see you and your wife thru this.   

  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 12,874 AG
    Hate to read this and will be praying for y'all, everyone involved surgically/medically and the family.
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  • billybobbillybob Posts: 787 Officer
    Sad news.   I'll be praying for you guys
  • JTRJTR Posts: 1,091 Officer
    Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.
  • BodineBodine Posts: 2,919 Captain
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    Lora is lucky, she has you. Together the fight will be won.
    I saw my mother and father fight the same battle, he is gone,now she is 88.5 years old.
    Hang tight, all will be good brother.
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  • PineywoodsPineywoods Posts: 128 Deckhand
    Will have y'all in my prayers
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 5,249 Admiral
    It's good they caught it early.  Prayers for all involved & a fast recovery.
  • FamilyfisherFamilyfisher Posts: 2,821 Captain
    We got a call from the surgeon yesterday.  She's scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, at 8:30 a.m.  And thus, it begins.  Thanks for all the kind words, well wishes, and prayers guys.
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  • LiveLineLiveLine Wakulla County, FloridaPosts: 1,673 Captain
    Prayers for you and Lora....My mom went through same thing years ago.  It can be beat. 
  • dstockwelldstockwell Posts: 13,786 AG
    Hoping for the best!!
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  • CranfieldCranfield Posts: 1,379 Officer
    Thats very sad news, but full of positives.
    You have caught things early and it reads as though you are in some very capable professional's hands.
    Its going to be  tough time for you all, we send our most positive thoughts and our prayers.
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,388 Captain
    This brought water to my eyes.
    i am so sorry my friend.
    Both of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Amen.
    Lora really does have the best partner and husband, and best friend in the whole world.
    Hang in there.
    You got this!
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  • trout069trout069 Posts: 4,630 Captain
    Prayers for y’all. The plan from the medical professionals sounds good. And it was caught early, which is also good. 
  • IndianLagoonIndianLagoon Posts: 1,850 Captain
    Man that's rough... Keep your heads up!
  • AnchorbaitAnchorbait CrawfordvillePosts: 79 Greenhorn
    Prayers sent. We're behind you guys.
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