Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Final Pathology is in!

Got great news last night from my breast surgeon. She called to tell me all of the final pathology results from the tissue removed during my surgery last week. Turns out that the tumor that we knew about was the only one! No more signs of cancer and all of my lymph nodes are clean. So, my prognosis is looking great in both the short and long term. She still recommends chemo due to the aggressiveness of the cancer I managed to grow, but there will be no radiation. Since the cancer was limited to the one tumor and my choice for the double mastectomy meant completely clean margins, there just isn't a benefit to be gained from radiating me. That's good news no matter how you look at it. One thing that was concerning was that the tumor had grown .2 cm in the short period of time between the MRI and surgery. Thank goodness we got it out when we did. I also had a lymph node that was enlarged to 2 cm. That's a little wierd and could have indicated cancer. But, they chopped it up into little pieces and were unable to find any cancer cells. We may just have gotten to it just in time. Thanks to all of you who prayed for containment because those prayers have been answered!

I should be meeting with the Oncologist next week to talk about the details of the best chemo for my type of cancer, how many rounds, and all of the other details for the upcoming months. So, on to step two...

One funny thing happened yesterday. I went out shopping with my mom for a couple of things and got to wear my new prosthetic boobs. (Sorry if the word "boobs" offends anyone. I just hate the word breasts. Makes me think of chicken...) We had to go exchange them because they were much too large. Since the plastic surgeon gave me more of a "starter kit" than I expected we had way overestimated my need for the prosthetic ones. All I needed was a little southern accent and a big blond wig and I could have been a Dolly Parton look-alike. So, we fixed that. I'll have to find a different Halloween costume instead.

I'm still carrying around two of these drains. They just won't quit producing junk. I probably did too much yesterday getting ready for my nephew, Aiden's 1st Birthday Party. So, today's nothing but rest and recuperation in the hopes that we can get the other two out by Friday...We shall see.

7 comments:

Howdybooth said...

Really wish you had taken a picture of yourself with the too big boobs! That would've been great!

stylinlah said...

amazing, awsome, fab...what answers!
You are no chicken that is for sure!

kristimalik said...

AWESOME!!!! It is great to hear the news that there is no other cancer!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the treatment isn't too bad for you! I love you and miss you!

L. said...

What fabulous news, Yvette! I knew thinking all those good thoughts would pay off! But remember, don't overdue it, relax and let the drains do their thing so you don't develop an infection. You and your family and health care team must be very pleased with the latest news.
:), Lori T. (Bird's cousin from California)

Princess said...

So glad to hear your fabulous news Yvette!! The key for you is to remain strong and healthy, rest up my dear as you will need your strength for the months to come
Love Kim from BC

stylinlah said...

As I said goodbye to the last of my customers today, I have told them about this journey that I was sent on to connect you and I together. They are amazed by the story and Gods hand in our lives. More prayers for you by the people I am touching as well as the fact that I am sharing WHO is responsible

kitykity said...

Dudette, you SO have to be Dolly Parton for Halloween. That would be the perfect, hilarious irony. And you could completely pull it off.

 

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