Post-op Visits with Surgeon and Radiation Specialist

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May 5, 2015

15 Days Post-Op  Read about my surgery here.

I woke up to a sting under my right arm.  The steri strips are gone, so a rogue stitch caught on my nightgown and pulled all night!  Ouch!  My husband cut away what he could.  I am seeing my oncology surgeon today.

Dr. Hank Hill was my surgeon.  Ruby, my nurse coordinator showed up for this visit.  We received GREAT news!!  NO CHEMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Hill examined me.  He cut away the rest of that stitch that bothered me.  He went over the pathology report with us.  I have a clean report, except a micro metastasis in the sentinel node on the left side.  This is the side the cancer was on.  Dr. Hill said they will treat this will hormone therapy medication.  A test was performed at the time of the biopsy during surgery to determine whether or not chemo was needed.  My risk was very low.

My next step will be to visit Dr. Ossi, my radiation specialist, to get his opinion on the pathology results.

Nurse Navigator, Ruby and Surgeon, Dr. Hank Hill

Nurse Navigator, Ruby and Surgeon, Dr. Hank Hill

Look at my face!  This is upon hearing the best news out of this whole journey!!!!

 

May 6, 2015

16 Days Post-Op

Dr. Paul Ossi, my radiation specialist, went over my pathology report.  It seems I am in a new group of those with micro metastasis in lymph nodes.  Because of new technology, doctors are able to detect micro metastasis.  Three more nodes were removed and tested with the sentinel node.  They tested negative!  The sentinel node was given a grade.  Mine was 1 (one). Very low.  This all means that I do NOT have to have radiation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had two more areas of concern that were tested–an area under my left nipple and an area in my right breast.  Both were negative for cancer!!  Dr. Ossi explained that MRIs can overstate readings.

Hindsight is always 20/20.  Could I have had a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal?  Yes.  However, there would always be doubt.  I did not want to second guess and dread every mammogram in the future.  I am 100% happy with my decision to go through with the double mastectomy although the decision did not come lightly.  It is the toughest decision I have ever had to make!!  It was through prayer, listening to God and talking it through with my husband, Juan that I was able to move forward.

Food for the soul:

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13

“He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.”  Psalms 23:2-3

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

How about you?  What kind of decision are you facing?

I would love to hear from you.

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