Experiences

Post Surgery

April 23rd, 2019

Mood: Exhausted 😴

My surgeon was very pleased. I did very well and he got all of the cancer out. There is a pathologist in the operation room who tests the tumors and tissue so he can tell the surgeon if he got all of the cancer out.

They had a hard time waking me up but once I was awake I was really nauseous and my mouth was really dry. They had to keep giving me insulin to help regulate my blood sugar and to get my blood pressure and heart rate back to normal. Once I was in recovery I continued to have issues with being nauseous and disoriented. They almost admitted me for the night but they finally found a anti-nausea medicine that worked.

Today I am on pain meds and I have been sleeping on and off all day. Every time I sleep and wake up I have a headache and pain from the surgery sites. I also have 2 drains in that Matt empties and writes down the amount of blood/gunk that we collect each time. I ended up with a partial mastectomy but he cut in such a way that he will have a better plan in place for reconstruction surgery after chemo.

Experiences

Marking Appointment

April 22nd, 2019

Mood: Indifferent 😕

We went to see Dr. Schwartz this morning for my marking appointment. He re-measured and marked where he will be cutting to take out the tumors tomorrow, as well as where he will place stitches to mark where he will cut during my reconstructive surgery.

I was very surprised when he mentioned possibly being able to do reconstruction when he takes the tumors out. There are no promises but it would be great if he could!

I am scared but surprisingly calm tonight. Dr. Schwartz really put me at ease during my appointment today.

I will update as soon as I can.

Experiences

2nd Biopsy

March 20th, 2019

Mood: Frustrated 😕

The biopsy was pretty easy all things considered, but the recovery has been rough so far. I am badly bruised and in decent pain. I thought about taking pictures but it is just too horrific. It looks like my breast has been beat up as it is black and blue from the top to all the way underneath it.

The results should be in on Friday or so, but I am not stupid enough to think that the mass isn’t cancer…I am sure it is. 😔

Experiences

It’s Time to See My Doctor

February 1st, 2019

Mood: Scared 😢

Before Matt and I got married I had a small lump that I found during a self exam. I went to my gynecologist to see what it was not really knowing what to expect. I was too young to get a mammogram but she felt strongly that it was just a cyst and it would disappear on its own and it did. All of these years later I am facing the same problem but it is different this time. There is something hard next to the small lump and my skin has sunken in a little on the surface of my breast.

I went to see my doctor and she confirmed that there is reason to be concerned about the lump I found. Now we need images so we can see what this lump is exactly.

So, my doctor referred me to MRI Imaging to have a Mammogram and an Ultrasound done as she agreed that the lump needs further examination.

This my greatest fear…Cancer…

Experiences

The Beginning

Mood: Worried 😕

A dear friend of mine passed away from breast cancer in October of 2017. I remember her urging her friends on Facebook to not only get a Mammogram every year, but to also do a self exam every month. She very well may have saved my life….

Theresa, the most loving, caring, giving woman I have ever known…RIP my sweet friend

I don’t have the exact date but around the end of January during a self exam I found a small lump and something hard next to the lump, in my breast. I called my doctor and made an appointment immediately….that was the start of everything.