**This post is an update from my Caring Bridge journal. If you would like detailed updates on my health, please visit my Caring Bridge site by clicking here.
Your comments caused tears to stream down, but head, heart and smile to be lifted up! Thank you!!
I am doing MUCH better emotionally right now. Up. Down. Up…Down>:) LOL
Our meeting with the surgeon went REALLY well. I’m canceling my appointment with the second surgeon I was going to meet with. He is in the same office as the surgeon who misdiagnosed me, so I was not looking forward to going to that building! Now I don’t have to.
Dr Norris really was wonderful. He is the surgeon who did my port surgery, which went well– my scar looks really good! He has a gentle confidence about him. The only reason why I considered someone else is because a friend of mine who is a nurse said she didn’t think he did many breast surgeries, but she was not sure. I asked how many he has done, and he said he sees at least 2 breast cancer patients a week! He is an older gentleman so that is a lot of experience!! I feel really good about it and at peace, so God answered prayer, for sure!
My official surgery date is Wednesday, December 29.
Procedure– bi-lateral mastectomies. Left-modified, right simple.
He will do an sentinel node dissection, which is what I wanted to hear. There are more long term side affects with a full axillary dissection, this was good news.
I will have ONE step reconstruction! I was so pleased to know that they do that here in the Midwest. I was lead to believe it was only a procedure that was done in bigger cities.
I WAS gearing up for a filler implant that is rock hard, that would be filled every week for about 3 months to stretch the muscle, then another surgery to place the implant. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!! Yay. I am so excited. They will put normal implants in the day of the surgery. They use a material called Alloderm, a regenerative tissue “processed using LifeCell’s proprietary technique to remove the epidermis and cells that can lead to tissue rejection and graft failure.” –from their website.
They make a bra like structure under the implant, which allows one to skip the whole “stretch out the area with gradual fills” process. I don’t know much about all this, I have an appointment with my plastic surgeon on the 7th, and will get more info.
Another piece of good news is he didn’t not think that I will need radiation. He said if the cancer was attached or went into the chest wall, then I would. It would be every day for 5-6 weeks, so needless to say, I was not looking forward to that. My oncologist may have a different opinion, and really, you never know what is happening inside until surgery, so there is still a small possibility.
Honestly, I feel excited but apprehensive.
IF they don’t find cancer in the lymph nodes, then it is surgery, healing, and ON WITH LIFE!!
That sounds amazing because I was preparing myself for months of fills and radiation!!
I’m a bit apprehensive because that just feels too “best case scenario” to me. I guess I’m just pretty nervous about that darn swollen lymph node. We will get the results of the dissection 3-4 days after surgery. I don’t know what they would do if it was positive for cancer, I’m guessing more chemo? more surgery? I will have to look that up…
Signing off with an apprehensive excitement…