Hi, again, that inability to remember things is exactly why we tell women to take someone with them when they talk to the doctors. Once you hear that fateful word, the whole system seems to shut off. If you have no one to go with you, a tape recorder makes a good buddy.
I do not know the incidence of lobular carcinoma. Mine was ductal. I had lumpectomy with rads and tamox. Statistics show that survival rates are just as good with lumpectomy and mastectomy in early cancers. I had lumpectomy, took two more days off work and was back on the job with my drain tucked up under and oversized shirt. Yes. injecting the blue dye would be part of the sentinal node procedure. Good luck. Hugs, Lauri
Hi Janismarie! You have received some great advice from everyone. Aren't these the greatest gals?! I believe that you will find that keeping a journal will really help you thru this. Also, when you are all finished with treatments, and you go back and read your feelings throughout this journey, it will amaze you at how far you have come and how strong you are.
Since you are confused about tomorrow, why not call your surgeon's office in the morning and ask when you can expect a call from him. Then you won't sit around all day, waiting on the phone to ring and basically going nuts. Also, make sure that you have someone there with you so they can hear what is said and make some notes for you.
Good luck tomorrow. Lots of prayers and positive thoughts being sent your way.
The Surgeons review committee dont' emtt until tomorrow evening, so I know he won't be calling me until Tuesday, But, his Breast Cancer Coordinator, Susan will be in and she gave me her private number. I think I will call her and ask her my list of questions. She is an RN and I am sure she has people going through this everyday. I know she can help me. I hope I am not sounding like a baby..this is all so new to me and I was nto expecting any of this. I was totally useless at work Thursday when I returned from Charlotte and most of Firday. But, I am going in tomorrow with determination that I am not going to let this get me down. You girls have been wonderful and I am so lucky that I just stumbled on this site. I will be asking more questions and letting y'all know of my updates.
Hugs and kisses to you all.
Thanks MK. That is so nice of you to say. I had forgotten what it was like to be a member of an "active", caring board where the members are no one but themselves. It is great!
Well, I got the call I have been waiting on. My MRI is Tuesday, April 5th at 10:00 A.M., surgery is on Wednesday the 13th at 8:00 A.M., but have to be there at 6:00 A.M., and already have a post op appointment for Thursday the 21st. So..... 3 weeks from today,at this time, I will be on my way to recovery. Y'all have helped my attitude about this so much........I feel better....this weekend was really the pits and I know this isn't going to be easy, but I think I am ready. Anyone want to tell me a little about 6 weeks of radiation? It is better to do in the morning before work, or after work? I am an office manager, so I sit all the time.........mostly working on a computer. I don't know if I can really pick when, but if I get to, which do you recommend. What should I expect?
Love all of you,
Janis: Radiation isn't a difficult treatment. As I have said in the past, it takes longer to get undressed and into the gown than it does to have the treatment itself. One side effect that you may experience, as the treatments progress, is being tired. So, you might want to take that into account when deciding what time to schedule your treatments. I had very little problems with radiation until it was totally completed. The rad continues to burn from the inside-out. So, I had some blistering a week or so after the treatments were stopped. I used the gel packs during treatment to help pull the heat out of the skin. They were fantastic!