He also confirmed the mastectomy was the best decision because along with the small area of invasive cancer and Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - I had pre-cancerous changes right up to my nipple.
The right boob was my choice and it was clear.
I am thankful for right decisions and that I don't need radiation therapy.
My drain remains in situ, till the drainage decreases to under 30mls per day (90-100ml atm). It is uncomfortable and painful at times but much better than the alternative - a large needle being inserted to syringe off (out) the site if it starts to swell. I have good pain relief and it doesn't stop me doing most of things I want to do, except running which is the only thing I want to get back into. Pity about the all the housework I'm just busting to do, too ;-).
What I wasn't expecting : is that I am in 15-20% of women HER2 Positive - which means I need an additional , different type of targeted therapy ; Herceptin - after my 4-6 cycles of chemotherapy is completed ...every three weeks for a year . Hopefully, the infusions can be scheduled with minimal interruptions to normal life.Whatever it takes !
It is extra insurance which allegedly keeps the cancer cells from growing, especially targeted towards them and not my normal cells. I'll
"Knowledge is the antidote for fear." Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am in it for the long haul and I am ready to take the Stand (lyrics) . I have an appointment to have a Port-a-cath inserted next Wednesday. My Surgeon said it was a good idea and referred me to an experienced Interventional Radiologist.
It means I can use my right hand - therefore iPad - whilst I'm having chemo ... for this I am very thankful . As they can only , always, use my right arm due the surgery to remove my left axillary lymph nodes. It also means less problems for accessing veins for chemo infusions and blood tests.
This week, I had the chance to meet up with the gorgeous Deb from Bright and Precious , she is delightful. I am so thankful, Deb is so inspirational and because her vision board idea has given me light and inspiration.
Oh, did I tell you how thankful I am to home for a few days xox. Everything is a glorious mess still because we left in a hurry but home sweet home.
What are you thankful for this week ?