Hi All. I had my surgery two days ago and I’m so happy to have this next step in my healing behind me! Everything went really well! I had a partial mastectomy (sometimes referred to as a lumpectomy) and a lymph node was removed. I did qualify for an Oncoplastic procedure, which means my reconstruction was done at the time of the removal of the tumor. They also removed my port.
So great news! First of all, I feel great! I am up and moving around and haven’t had to take any pain meds since the night of the surgery. I’m a little sore but that’s it. My daughter Brittany is here helping along with my husband Kevin and all is good. We actually went fishing yesterday and plan to hang out down on the beach doing the same today (great way to heal!). It’s truly remarkable what prayers and faith can do.
The really incredible thing is that my surgeon said the tumor had shrunk a significant amount, which allowed them to get out a really good margin, and there was no penetration into my chest wall (hallelujah!). I had a lymph node that had cancer in it prior to chemo and the plan was to remove it and biopsy it to see if it was positive for cancer still. If it came out positive, all of my lymph nodes would need to be removed. If not, then we were all good and only the one would come out. Going into this I had already come to the conclusion in my mind that the cancer was gone and the lymph node would be negative and sure enough, when they biopsied it the pathologist called back to the surgical room to inform my surgeon that there was nothing there but scar tissue. Woohoo! I have been singing and dancing praises ever since!
So as I sit here writing this I am overwhelmed with such gratitude towards all of you amazing warriors who took up thinking positive thoughts and prayers for me during this time. I want you all to know that I truly felt the love enveloped around me as I sat in that pre-op room with my sweet husband who stood next to me for two hours rubbing my bald head as I meditated and focused on perfect health. It was such an amazing experience and I will never forget the complete love I felt from everyone I know as well as from all of those amazing people I do not know and from my dear Heavenly Father who were all pulling for my success.
For the next five weeks I spend time healing from the surgery and then I will progress to my final stage of healing, radiation. When I get there I will document some of my experiences with that as well to share with you all so that you can get a glimpse into what that all entails.
I will be sharing some things over the next several weeks regarding health and wellness and the things that I have been doing all of this time that has made this such a positive experience. The most positive part through all of this has been all of you who have been my support. I really love and appreciate you all!