I'm back from surgery.

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janismarie
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   Posted 4/17/2005 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My surgery was Wednesday and I feel I am doing fine.  They took out a very deep piece and I also had the sentinal lobe and it was not bad at all.  Of course I have peed blue for the past few days...and my breast is a pretty spring blue color.  I did not have cancer in the nodes, but I can't remember how many he took out. I will find that out Thursday. Thank God he didn't have to take the whole thing out.  My best friend has ductal (my is lobular) and had cancer in her nodes.  She also had a mastectomy and had a lot of trouble.  She had hers on Thursday and just left Duke today because of many complications.  I feel very lucky.  How soon will I start radiation?  I have so many questions now and can't wait until Thursday to find out.  I am thinking of going back to work tomorrow, but I don't know if I can stand the pain.  I have pain pills, but I can't work when I take them.  I am also not sleeping well and it is almost 1:00 A.M. here, so if I do go in tomorrow, it will not be at 8:00, for sure.  I feel guilty for staying out, but I just don't feel up to par just yet.  My first lumpectomy on a Wednesday had me out shopping on Sunday, but this one was a little harder for me.  I don't know if I should go back with the pain I am having.  Would I be going back too soon?????????
 
Thanks all of you for your support and prayers.  I felt you all there and think I even felt a pink feather brush my cheek. 
 
Love,
Janis
 

MiaB
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   Posted 4/18/2005 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Janis,
 
I'm happy to hear you are doing well after the surgery.  You have half the battle won with your terrific attitude!  Keep it up!  How nice of your surgeon to decorate your breast in a lovely spring color for you!  I'm sure that has to be annoying.  I didn't have the sentinel so I don't know how long that will last for you, I'm sure it won't be too long though.
 
I didn't start my radiation until about 5 weeks after my surgery.  But that may have to do with having the Oncotype DX test, we had to wait a total of over 2 weeks for approval and results for that.  So I'm not sure if there is a "standard" time wait until radiation.  I'm sure they will want you to have healed some first though.
 
As for going back to work I don't think I would have been anywhere near ready within a week, and probably not within 2 weeks either.  But you should go by the way you feel physically not mentally.  Follow your heart and pain scale.  If you are still in a lot of pain, not resting well and need to rest a lot, don't go back.  You can't undo it once you overdo it.  It will take even longer to heal if you do too much too fast.  So do only what you know you should.  Take it easy and take the time you need.
 
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend.  I'll keep her in my prayers.
 
Have to run to get the DD up for school.  Take care and keep us posted as to how you are doing.
 
Love and hugs,
 
Mia
 
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MNlady13
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   Posted 4/18/2005 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back, Janis. Glad to hear that things went well, especially the sentinal node biopsy. Great news! Everyone heals at a different rate, so if you are not feeling up to work and can take a few days off, why not do so? I was back at work in three days (drains pinned under my shirt), but I had little discomfort. As for when radiation starts, they will make sure you are all healed from surgery before starting. I had my lumpectomy in April, and I don't think I started rads until late June. Rest and let you body heal. Hugs, Lauri
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Jean in WA
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   Posted 4/18/2005 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Janis,
I am so happy that your surgery went well and you are feeling better. You said you are having a lot of pain and taking medication to help control it. I just can't imagine going to work and feeling that way. I had a lot of pain as well, and fortunately I retired a couple of years ago. I keep saying I don't know how women are able to work and go through all this cancer related stuff! Anyway, my advise, for what it is worth, would be to take the time you need to get past the pain before going back to work. Your body is trying tell you something! Rest while you can. I didn't start my radiation until nearly eight weeks past surgery, for a similar reason to Mia's. I had the Oncotype DX test as well, and it took several weeks to get insurance approval. My oncologist said it is usually six to eight weeks after surgery to allow for healing, and also so you can get your arm up into position. Just had my ninth treatment today and so far, so good! Good luck and we will be here to support you!
Take care,
Jean in WA

Skky
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   Posted 4/19/2005 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Janis,
I had the SNB done two weeks ago tommorrow. It took me about a week before it felt better. I was out and about that weekend though.I have to agree if you can take time off, treat yourself well and take it easy.Great news on the nodes.I will be starting chemo in one more week, I don't know if they wait longer for radiation.Hope you feel better soon.
Michelle

gma
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   Posted 4/19/2005 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Janis, welcome back. It sounds like you are doing fine. Don't feel guilty if you are not feeling up to par to go to work. Remember just dealing with breast cancer is very traumatic and hard on your nerves. That in itself can make you feel worn out for awhile. Just listen to your body, don't push. Rest will help with healing. Hugs MK


coopfesta
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   Posted 4/19/2005 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis:
 
One thing about the pain.  I've been through about 15 surgical procedures and more lacerations and severed this and that, and long term, the lumpectomy pain stayed with me.  Take care of yourself.  I'd hate to hear that you were at work and stuck because you couldn't take a painkiller.  I hope you take the time you deserve!  Please don't do too much.
 
Read my posts and see what a complete hypocrite I feel like right now!!!! LOLOL
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


janismarie
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   Posted 4/21/2005 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, today was my 2nd day back at work and I feel better. I was really tired yesterday.  I had post op appointment today with my surgeon.  He said the iinfiltrating lobular carcinoma was only 3.8 MM......most of it was taken out on previous lumpectomy, and nodes were clearn, so I am healing nicely and on my way to recovery.  Again, he said cancer drug for 5 years and radiation........whew, thought that was great.....then said he wanted me tocome back and talk to Oncologist about chemo.  I feel like chemo is over doing it.  It is worth the ravages it will do to my body?  I got O Magazine and it had an article regarding Doctors in Brussels, I believe, did study regarding cases like mine and saw no difference in using or not using chemo...........I'll go to the appointment and hear what he has to say, but I just want to hear from anyone who had a great experience like I've had and didn't take the chemo........I need some advise...........
Janis

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