Hi, Laurie, greetings from another Lauri.I know you feel overwhelmed with everything that is happening right now. Take deep breaths and try to segement things into bites you can manage. Depending on the size of the lump, a lumpectomy can be as effective as mastectomy when it comes to survival. I had a teeny, tiny lump in 1996 and opted for a lumpectomy plus radiation. I am still cancer-free 11 years and almost 5 months later.
Good luck with your surgery on the 13th. I will be thinking of you Thursday. Feel yourself surrounded by the comforting thoughts and kindred spirits of others. Keep posting here or on other support boards. Internet connections are invaluable in helping you cope with what you are experiencing. Hang in there. Days ahead will be easier. You've already been through so much. You obviously are a strong person. Stay focused and stay positive. Hugs, Lauri