Pathology came back today, and the bottom line is that all of the news was as good as I actually expected. I’ll get a full written report in a few days and will share interesting updates if there are any, but here are the highlights for now:
- Right breast totally clear and healthy
- Two lymph nodes removed from next to Lefty, totally clear and healthy
- The three masses in lefty were that, distinct masses
- The largest is under 2 cm
So what does this mean?
- Size of mass & clear nodes means that my cancer is stage 1
- This also means that I don’t need radiation
- That would have meant 6 more weeks of treatment and it would have limited my reconstruction options… meaning that I wouldn’t be able to get the perky silicon boobs that I had my eye on
- HOWEVER, I am still going to need to do hormone suppression (something like tamoxifen) for 5 years- this is the part where I go into menopause and then maybe come back out of it… if I don’t find out that I’m a big enough risk for ovarian cancer that I should just get a hysterectomy. That will be a conversation after the genetic testing comes back.
- And finally, I’m likely going to still have chemo so that they can ninja any little cells that are hiding, since I have 50 years of future survival to plan for, in which I’d prefer to be cancer-free. 🙂
The other kind of interesting bit is that she apologized about it taking so long to get back to us… but evidently they couldn’t find the two smaller lumps in Lefty once she was in the lab, so my doc had to tell them to go back and look again (so that we could figure out if we had one lump or three) and she actually referred to them as being like finding a needle in a haystack.
Or a 1 cm and a less than 1 cm lump in 2.1 kg of breast tissue. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but both of them together are right around 8.5 lbs. I have officially lost more than a Fenway and a half (Fenway is my cockapoo, and I’ve decided to measure my weighloss in his ideal weight 16 lbs)… and my boobs alone were more than half a Fenway. How about THOSE puppies!
I’m still healing at least as well as my doctor expects, and getting a little bit better every day. Hoping to be back and working from home part-time next week, but I’ve promised not to over-do, since as you can likely tell from this week’s posts, I still get stupid sometimes.
But today, I’m stupid happy!
This is great news Ange. How are the boys holding up? How is the little man handling this? Being completely transparent, I’ve tried to put myself in Dave’s position and wonder what I would do if this were Gigi going through this. I think I’d be a wreck right now and have a million things going through my mind. I don’t know what my kids would do or how I would answer the questions they would have.
However, I really admire how you’re being so open with what is happening. I know that I would be way to self absorbed to even pick up my computer and share my thoughts. I don’t enjoy taking this ride with you (I’d much rather we talk about other things), but it’s forced me to think about what I would do in this situation, and pay closer attention to my body. Yeah yeah yeah it sounds cliche, but honestly it’s really made me stop and think. And as bad as this sounds, I’m greatful for you bringing awareness to this.
By the way, has anyone ever told you that you have a knack for this writing thing? Maybe you should try it as a profession, eh?
Lots of love to you and the fam!
yay!!! This news made my day! You really are a ninja!
Stupid happy here, too!! What great news, and so glad you are feeling better every day! Glad you are planning to take it easy and not try to do too much. It can be easy to do, and hard to recuperate from. Keep that up! Thoughts, prayers, and love for all of you~
Sent from my iPhone, typos happen.
Here’s to many more days of stupid happy!
Fabulous news, Ang!! The ninja wouldn’t have settled for anything less!
You Rock Ange! Smoochies!
YAY!!!! Really glad to hear the good and I was very happy to hear your voice during the weekly WEB call even though it was a brief one-minute 🙂 Hugs~~~
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