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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 4/23/2006 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Had my mastectomy last Tuesday.  I suppose it went well, but I wasn't happy to wake up to the news that the first node that was tested was cancerous, so they removed a "string" to test them.  I didn't have a great first night in the hospital, but slept well the 2nd night and came home on Thursday.  I even caught a couple innings of my boys' baseball game that night (I've never missed one of my kids' activities).  On Friday, the surgeon called to give me the results of the pathology report...the first node that tested cancerous was the only one...the other 5 they removed were fine.  The tumor was just over 1 CM, and the in situ was 7 cm.  So I'm stage IIA.  I'll find out ER/PR and her2 next week.

I had a great day yesterday, but didn't sleep well last night, so today I'm not doing that great.  My stomach is pretty much fried from the meds, so I have to decide which is worse, the stomach irritation or the pain from the surgery.  At this point, it's a toss-up.

I'm going to go get some rest...I'll post soon.

dx DCIS, IDC 3/28/05
Right mastectomy/expanders 4/18/05
Stage IIA - 1 node positive
Just starting down the road to NED....

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 239
   Posted 4/23/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam,I had 1 node possitive and 5 negative also.My tumor was 2cm and im a stage IIA it sounds like were diagnosed almost the same.I had left breast removed aug.8 2005 and they said i was at high risk for cancer to go into right breast so i had them remove right one on march.10 2005.Im ER possitive,and just recently had my ovaries removed to help stop the flow of hormones and im on Tamoxifan.I chose no reconstruction and i have prostesis.Get lots of rest and keep in touch.  God Bless,  Tammy

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 688
   Posted 4/23/2006 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome home, I was starting to worry about you since you had not posted in awhile. I'm glad you are feeling good, just remember not to overdo and get lots of rest.


Donna A
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 4/24/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam, good to hear that you're home and on the way to recovery! What's the next step for you? Did you have reconstruction and are you doing chemo or rads or both?
Glad to hear that you're trying to resume your "normal" life, me too. I want to enjoy everything I did before only more so!
Take it easy and my advice is to sleep when you can...I remember night times not being so wonderful at first for me, funny how my mind decided to think about every possible thing related to cancer in the middle of the night!And for some strange reason I thought it was a bad idea to begin the nap routine so I was really worn out most of the time. I now believe that sleep is a good healer and a short cat nap makes my mood improve.
Keep posting, we're all interested in how you're doing!

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 1294
   Posted 4/24/2006 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I am glad you are home.  Just rest and get better. Please do not overdo.  It is easy because you feel better each day, but you will wear down very easy for awhile.  You sound good.



Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 188
   Posted 4/24/2006 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Take care of yourself, and if you need to vent, yell, cry, or just let off some steam, we are here for you. I hope that you are feeling back to "normal" soon. Remember, the best way for you to take care of your family, is to take care of you!

Very gentle hugs,

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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 2921
   Posted 4/26/2006 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam, I hope you are resting and healing without overdoing it. Take care. Keep us posted as to what your treatment will be. Hugs MK

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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 1373
   Posted 4/26/2006 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you're home.  Glad you went to the game.  Glad you sound good.  Glad no other nodes were cancerous.  Glad you're still posting. 
Still not glad you have the criteria to join this club!  Those boys need you, keep on keeping on!!!  We'll buck you up when you need it.  Just think of us all pink and perfect being there for you.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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