It’s time to get something off of my chest… my boobs!
Had a great meeting with my surgeon this afternoon and surgery is scheduled for next Friday. She covered every detail of what the surgery will entail, recovery and outcomes. I will be having a bilateral mastectomy with no reconstruction. Meaning both breasts will be removed and I have chosen not to have breast reconstruction.
The surgery itself should take about 3 hours. During surgery, my sentinel node (the first lymph node) will also be removed and biopsied. This is how they can tell if cancer has spread into my other lymph nodes. If so, then my surgeon will remove the lymph nodes under my armpit, on my right side. My port will also be removed.
At this point, we know that cancer is in my right breast, but we don’t know how large or how much cancer is actually there. Part of what was growing was a non-cancerous tissue called sclerosis. To the human eye, that tissue has the same appearance as the cancerous tissue, so we won’t know much until we see the pathology report. As far as the lymph nodes go, I have had 2 enlarged lymph nodes biopsied and both came back negative for cancer. So fingers crossed that there are no signs of cancer in the nodes!
My hospital stay should only be one night. And we should get the pathology back about 5 business days after surgery. That’s what will tell us what steps are next and if radiation is needed.
So for now, I’m enjoying the slow recovery and freedom from chemo. Each day I feel a little more like myself and the peach fuzz on my head is slowly starting to fill in and grow. Surgery won’t be fun. But a week from today, I’ll be extraordinarily uncomfortable, in some pain, but I will NOT have cancer on my chest any more. And that, my friends, is worth losing my boobs over.