After going over the formalities of diagnosis with Dr. Kent, he made it a point to look directly at me and say "you're going to be okay". That did it. I was a fan for life. It was the first time one of my doctors said that. It was crucial at that point to hear something positive so I could grab on and use it as fuel to move forward. Being diagnosed with cancer-or any life threatening disease for that matter-is traumatic. You feel like you're in this scary world all alone, even though you may have a tremendous amount of support. I equate it to having a baby. People can tell you before you get pregnant and give birth what it will be like, but until you actually go through it, you really don't know. Anyway, having Dr. Kent and his staff treat me like a human being with a future was exactly what I needed at that time.
After my MRI, I opted for the lumpectomy. The plan was to remove one lymph node-called the sentinel node-and if that node was negative for cancer, the theory is it hasn't spread to any other lymph nodes and they don't need to remove gobs of them like they used to.
|Waiting for surgery to begin|
I have never had surgery before (other than having teeth pulled) so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Overall it wasn't a bad experience. I did feel crappier than I thought I would for several days afterward, but was back to feeling normal about 7 days post surgery. The incision to remove the tumor wasn't painful, but the area where they removed the lymph nodes was very uncomfortable. It took about two weeks for me to be able to raise my arms without discomfort and I know it will take a while before it's completely healed.
Next stop...post op and final diagnosis.