Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Follow-up to "Ouch"

Well, I'm sure all (3) of you have been on the edge of your seat, wondering what happened with the biopsy. As I told my parents, kids and friends: I didn't want to say anything until I knew what "exactly" to say.

When they call to report the results and ask if  "you have a minute",  it ain't good.
Long story short
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ or dcis.
He was very surprised
very early stage, but
found in both sites
may need mastectomy because of site distance
no lymph involvement with dcis

I saw the surgeon today. He feels good about a lumpectomy with five weeks of radiation treatments, to follow. I go in on Thursday morning, yes in 2 days! I'm glad! I need to be proactive and just want it over with.
If a mastectomy is needed because of lumpectomy results, I don't want reconstruction. I don't know how you feel about this, but my old gals have fulfilled their purpose. They were darling and did their job in helping me attract a  mate, they fed my babies and now, if needs be, I am happy to send them off into the sunset.

I shall call my 2011 vacation, Summer of the Gamma Rays.

13 comments:

Hawleywood said...

Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear this, but so thankful they caught it early! Even though I don't know you in person, I feel like I do from reading your blog. I'm praying for a quick and easy recovery!

Much love,
Jess

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

This is crazy, here I was reading your post thinking, this is good, they have got it early. All will be fine. My sister went through the same thing about 15years ago, and she is fit and well. You are postive, and strong.

Then I looked at your pink ribbon, with your "Now it's mine" underneath, and I can't stop crying. Stupid hormones..must be menopause.

just call me jo said...

I love your positive outlook--the old gals were darling. Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts and prayers. You are strong (from all I can read.) Health is so important and so fragile. You make me appreciate it even more. Prayers and hugs.

Clair said...

This is scary Cathy! What a terrible, awful thing to deal with. You're such an optimist, good on you! You have my prayers!

lifeinredshoes said...

It still makes me cry evry time I think about it. Love you my friend:)

Peggy said...

Love and Prayers to you Cathy. Your writing is charming, like a visit with you. I searched for your blog after hearing the news from men.
Love, Peggy

Brandon and Michelle Day said...

Man!!! I am glad that you caught it early. Love you!

Shan @ Design Gal said...

It's still a bit surreal, and I can't think about it too much without crying. I love you momma lou, and I know everything will be fine. :) xoxo

Barry Cann said...

Maybe you could just go to Japan for a few weeks and do some things around the power plant? That way you get radiation while touring a distant country!

seacave said...

I'm glad your writing can still make me laugh, with ANY subject as it turns out.
I like the trip to Japan idea.

Breezy said...

You know I love you... take it easy my friend and know you are in my thoughts.

sharon said...

Cathy! You can always make me laugh even in the toughest times. I say AMEN Sista! Let the old girls go if you have to. You are such an awesome woman, I am so happy you call me friend. I like the Japan idea....

Karlie said...

Thinking about you!