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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 4/5/2006 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I can finally breathe again.  I met with the surgeon yesterday, and his best guess is that I'm stage IIA.  My tumor is very small....approx. 1.27cm.  He said that while tumor size is not the final indicator, you are more likely to see node involvement with a larger tumor.  He said about 10% of the time you will see a small tumor wreaking havoc, but he doesn't think that's the case.  Because I'm thin, he was able to feel the nodes under my arm, and he said they feel perfectly fine.  He reminded that we won't know for sure until I have the surgery, but just his intuition has calmed me tremendously.  Please, if someone here had a tumor my size, and their cancer spread...don't tell me that story.  I know there are people who have fallen into that 10%, but I want to keep my spirits up.

I have an appointment with the plastic surgeon tonight at 6:45, and my MRI is scheduled for 7:45 tomorrow morning.  Surgery should be sometime next week.

I love the people I'm working with so far.  They couldn't be more responsive, and man oh man, are they good about staying open late to see me quickly!

That's it for now...


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Date Joined Sep 2003
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   Posted 4/5/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you have a great team.  I totally related with your wanting to protect your outlook.  One bad story can screw your head up.  I tried to remember that my prognosis wasn't as important as coming home that evening and playing with my son and being there for him, because every day was a gift.  That wasn't always easy to do. 
Maybe it's your openness that the staff and professionals at the office are responding to.  If I'm going to stay late to work for someone, it's usually going to be someone that's open and nice.
RE:  coping with the cancer and fear:  Friend of mine said today that I went through the cancer treatment by letting my feelings out and talking about what I was going through.  I think that worked for me.  I work in an office right next to my friend who is facing a terminal prognosis.  It's a rare lung disease.  She has coughing fits at times and looks pale and tired.  She is being very secretive about it to her kids and most of the people she knows, holding it in.  She told our little group of women at work (lunch with four social workers and a psychologist every week can do wonders), but no one else.  She always seems better after talking to us. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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   Posted 4/5/2006 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I expect that your doctor's feelings about your tumors have a good basis in his experiences. The best tumor is one caught very early and removed. I think I would feel much more confident that all will be taken care of successfully if I were you. Keep us informed and keep your spirits up. We are here anytime you need us. Hugs, MK

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   Posted 4/5/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Pam:  It sounds as though your medical team is very caring and understanding. I would say that your trust is well placed and that is half of the battle. Why are you seeing a plastic surgeon? Reconstruction? The MIR is a piece of cake. You will sail thru the test. Just keep smiling!



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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 4/8/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pam - hope you can update us on what is happening for you this week. I have no doubt that you will have negative nodes!! (mine was 2.2cm, and 0 out of 22 nodes were positive!!)

Sending you back those positive vibes!!

There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay

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