Last week we met with my surgical oncologist and scheduled my surgery.
I'll be having a double mastectomy on August 6.
(Hey, if it's good enough for Angelia Jolie, it's good enough for me! Kidding.)
During the mastectomy my surgeon will remove all of the breast tissue from both breasts as well as few lymph nodes from my left arm pit (where they know there were cancerous cells at one point). A pathologist will then analyze all of that tissue to find out how much cancer remains. My big big prayer is that zero live cancer cells will be found when they do the pathology report after the mastectomy. I'd appreciate any prayers you can give me for that as well.
I'm not that scared about the surgery itself. I know it's the best
choice I can make to increase the odds that I'll be here for Jonathan and
Elise for a long time. I know I'm tough and can handle the pain. But I am a little scared to get those pathology results. If there is no remaining cancer my prognosis is very good. If there is a
lot of cancer left, my prognosis is pretty bad. So the results of this
surgery really is the "moment of truth" after months of treatment. It will also determine what scans and treatment I should do next.
Also because they have to remove some of my lymph nodes, I'm at increased risk for lymphedema (permanent arm swelling). So, please pray that my surgeon will not have to remove many lymph nodes and that I will not get lymphedema.
As far as "looks" go... I'll be doing temporary breast reconstruction at the time of surgery and then a permanent reconstruction about 8 months later. I have a wonderful plastic surgeon who assures me I can have "great" results when all is said and done. But please don't call this a "free boob job" -- unlike a boob job, reconstruction after mastectomy requires two lengthy surgeries as well expanding the pectoral muscle over several procedures so the implant has someplace to go. Basically it's painful, lengthy, and not that fun. Oh yeah, and I had to have cancer to get it.
So there you go. Surgery is in six weeks. Thank you for your prayers.