When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, it somehow seemed inevitable. I have strong and vivid memories of my mother’s mother suffering with breast cancer for many years, and it ultimately took her life. On my dad’s side of the family, he and both of his siblings have all had some form of cancer. … Continue reading Good Genes
Yesterday, Tad and I went to see Dr. Cancer, whom I have not met with since all this began. Dr. Demo had already given me a head’s up that the pathology results might have some bad news, so we were bracing ourselves. During my surgery, they performed a sentinel lymph node biopsy, in which three… Continue reading Fuck.
Today is Paige’s 8th birthday, and we had a party for her yesterday. When my surgery was first scheduled and I realized it would be a mere six days before Paige’s party, I was concerned with whether or not I’d be able to pull that off. So the weekend before my surgery, Tad & I… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Paige!
AND I showered!!! Wahoo!!! Save
My recovery continues. They say that the pain peaks around day 3 after surgery; by then the block has worn off, and the healing has only just begun. I am still trying to figure out the right combo of pain meds; so far the negative side effects are outweighing the pain. Honestly the pain is… Continue reading Angry Boob
This morning I was awakened as expected by a visit from Dr. FixIt. He confirmed that everything went well. They were even able to fill the breast expander a little bit, so Righty is not totally flat. The big news is that the sentinel lymph node biopsy came back negative – woohoo!!! He would like… Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Ok not quite at midnight, more like 3:15am, a beeper started going off that woke me: the IV saline bag was empty. The nurse came and we took care of that, as well as drains, potty time, medication, etc. Now I’m bored so I thought I’d harass you all with a late night blog post.… Continue reading Midnight posting
Ok here I am with a detailed post all about today’s surgery. This morning, after checking in at the hospital, they injected some radioactive dye into Righty. Speaking of which, I have confirmed my identity and said “yup, it’s the RIGHT breast” about 20 times today – just in case! Anyway… After the injection (and… Continue reading Room with a view
Can’t convince them to put gin & tonic in the IV…
Last Wednesday I had my third and final pre-op, this time with Dr. FixIt. This one was the most practical one, as Dr. FixIt is the “closer.” He’ll be the one to release me, and all the post-op meds are prescribed by him. And my goodness, there are a lot of meds. They swabbed my… Continue reading Ready as I’ll Ever Be…