Weddings over and recuperation begins

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   Posted 10/10/2004 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have checked on all of you this past week, but it has been a little busy around my house.  My oldest DS was married last Saturday, Oct 2, and my niece was married yesterday, Oct 9, in the opposite end of the state.  We survived both and welcome a new DIL and nephew to the family.
Sorry to hear of so many new and recurring problems on this board.  You are all in my prayers.  I had my 6 month check up between the weddings and everything is looking good - praise God for good things, but they are still advising of the mastectomy and reconstruction due to the radiation damage done to the BC breast.  This was advised last year, then I developed a cough that would not go away.  It finally cleared up after a long term antibiotic and reflux medicine.  I know I should get it done, but am really kind of nervous that something will go wrong.  With everything good (as far as the docs can tell) I don't want to create any problems.  The reason for the recommendation is that the tissue is so "firm" (actually quite hard) that it is impossible to feel whether or not there are any lumps and the mammos are not getting good pictures either.  I am doing a lot of praying for guidance from above on my choice.  If anyone has any prayers to spare, I would appreciate them.  Thanks!
Oh yes, don't know if I posted the BEST NEWS, but we are going to be grandparents in April.  We are sooooooo excited and another reason to beat this darned disease.
God Bless you all!
Love, Kitty

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   Posted 10/10/2004 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad all is well, Kitty! Congratulations on all of the good things happening lately in your family.

I can't offer advice regarding the mastectomy, but I know what you mean, fearing that you will tempt fate. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"....the problem here is that you don't know if it is really broke...get all the facts you can and please seek a second opinion from another hospital or group...and go with your gut instinct and don't look back!


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   Posted 10/10/2004 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks, Lori,

That is the concern.  We don't know if there is something there.  If so, it can't be 'felt'.  There is so much scar tissue (or so all Docs think it is scar tissue) too.  When the decision is made, I will do just that - go with my gut instinct.

Thanks for the reply.  If I can ever figure out a way to post pictures, I will do so. ha


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   Posted 10/10/2004 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Kitty,

My you have been busy my dear! Congrats on becoming grandparents to be, how exciting. That sure is something to look forward to and get you through the long cold winter.

Thought that I would let you know that I will be sending prayers that you will make the right decision Kitty. I agree, that following your gut instinct is the best.

Please know that I will be thinking of you.

^j^ ^j^

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   Posted 10/10/2004 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Kitty, how exciting!!! Being a grandparent is just the best!!! Our Melanie Rose was just here for four days, and we had such a great time with her. Glad the weddings took place without a hitch. We sure have had wonderful weather, so they must have been wonderful. Good luck with making the decision about the mast. I can imagine that this is a really tough decision to make. Just trust your instincts. Hope you and Leon get to the cities this year so we can share a fun lunch again. I will be looking forward to seeing wedding pics. Hugs and love, Lauri
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   Posted 10/11/2004 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitty,

Congratulations on the impending arrival, and for making it through the weddings safe and sane. I'll keep you in my prayers. You want to be at your best for that new grandbaby! They are truly special little people.



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   Posted 10/11/2004 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ktty,
Congratulations on all of those good things.
Yes, I can relate to hard. Half of my chest is as hard as a rock. And, before the recurrence, the tumor was hidden under it. And , of course, my Onc (at the time) wouldn't let me have a mammagram at 6 months like I asked.
OOps, time to ask for forgiveness again for not forgiving. Darn, that is hard. Love, and Hugs, Di

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   Posted 10/12/2004 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitty

So glad you made it through the weddings ! As wonderful as they are, my gosh they are exhausting.

I hope that you can make a decision on what to do and feel comfortable with that....wish I could help.

Love and hugs

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stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....

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   Posted 10/13/2004 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear the weddings went well and you held up fine. I sure am not going to offer any suggestions on the question of more surgery or not. I'm sure you will make the right decision for you. Prayers that you can decide easily. Love MK

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   Posted 10/16/2004 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone for the well wishes and I know it has to be a decision we have to make.  Other than MK, I don't know of anyone who had the reconstruction and I know what troubles you had, MK - that is my concern.  If I am going to do it, I need to do it soon so I can be healed to hold that new baby in April.  I don't refer to it as a 'little one', as I don't think it will be little.  Dad is 6'8" and Mom is 6'3", so we are looking for a big baby.

Thanks again, everyone.

God Bless you,  Kitty

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