...but first, hello and hugs to old friends MK and Joyce, and special hello to Mia-whom-I-almost-met! And anyone else who might remember me from the old iVillage bb a few years ago.
My own aunt (by marriage) recently underwent a lumpectomy and rads, and now my DH's lovely lovely aunt has been diagnosed with BC too. She is having her op on the 26th (full mastectomy, I think the tumour is too large for anything else to be an option - though thankfully, all her scans are clear at this time). She has been told that up to a third of her nodes on that side will be removed, but I can't get any more detailed info than that from her - she says she's squeamish and would rather not ask too many questions (opposite from me!).
Her main concerns now are practical - how to cope, what to wear, how much pain/discomfort to expect etc. She will be in hospital for about five days, probably - allowed home when the drains run clear. I imagine the drains will go with her - but she hasn't been told that: is that likely? And if so, any tips for coping with them?
She is the last of dh's relatives from that generation (he's lost both parents, a brother, an uncle and an aunt in the last ten years - hard for me to imagine, my granny is still thriving at 99) and a darling, and I really want to support her as much as I can. She has a husband with chronic heart disease to care for (to some extent) and is about 75 years old.
My thoughts turned to you lovely women straight away....can anyone help with tips, suggestions, their own experiences?
Love and best wishes, Claire xxx ps MK, you won't believe this (I didn't!), I'm expecting a second daughter in November