PART I: Sorry It's Been So Long

Since August 1st everything has been moving so quickly.  And before still another week has passed, I thought I'd better write a "catch up" blog post.  So here's what has transpired to date:


Tuesday, September 14th:  Went into the hospital for my bilateral mastectomy.  Surgery went well.  After surgery my blood pressure dropped too low and I was fitted with a heart monitor and moved to another room in the hospital where they could keep an eye on me 24/7


Wednesday, September 15th:  Too much blood filling up (what I call "the grenades" from the Jackson Pratt drainage tubes) in the JP tube on the right side.  Hemotoma the size of a baseball


Thursday, September 16th:  Had to go "under the knife" again so surgeon could stop the bleeding


Friday, September 17th:  Released from the hospital to (finally!) go home
Wednesday, September 22nd:  First follow-up appointment with my surgeon.  Compression bandages removed and left JP drainage tube removed.  Right JP tube still attached as a precaution to infection.  Traumatic day emotionally as it was the first time I saw myself without the bandages.  Had my cry (and a few more since then) but feel emotionally stronger every day now


I will be going back to the doctor this Wednesday (September 29th) for another follow-up and hopefully to get the JP tube removed on the right side.  


I meet with the Oncologist (the Quarterback of my Cancer Journey) on Thursday, October 7th to discuss further treatment - chemo, radiation and/or hormone therapy.


What I can tell you so far is that the cancer did not spread to my lymph nodes and my margins appear to be clear!  Both of these things make me very happy.


And listen to THIS . . . when my surgeon was going over the pathology report with me, he said that there was another tumor in my right breast that never showed up on any of the mammograms, MRI's or ultrasounds that I had received almost weekly this past month and a half!  Soooo glad I didn't get a Lumpectomy for the tumor that could be seen.  I can't imagine having to go through all of this again when the tumor would have eventually grown and shown up at some point


God is good all the time and all the time . . . you know the rest! *smiles*


Part II of "Sorry It's Been So Long" will be posted after my afternoon nap :)

26 comments:

Michelle Cummings said...

Oh Sherry! I'm so sorry! You are so brave and strong. Your wonderful creative energy will pull you through this! Hugs to you from me!

Judy Wood said...

Thanks so much for sharing your journey. You are doing wonderfully! I hope your support at home is everything you need. Hope you feel like a million bucks! I'll keep praying for you Sherry! Thanks for the update!

Brenda said...

Glad to see you moved that darn truck and got to the
computer, missed you.........

Judy said...

I am so glad to finally get an update on you. Bless your heart, my dear. Am just glad to know that you are taking this one step at a time. The only way to do it!

Thanks for the update!!!

((((HUGS))))

Kelly Kilmer said...

Sending much love and many hugs...

Terry said...

I am so glad that the surgery went well. Wish you had not had any complications, but sure am glad they found the other lump!! I can't imagine having to go through such an experience twice! You are entitled to a good cry here and there, I don't know anyone who would not! You have a long life to look forward to and that is the picture I see! Take care and sending those healing hugs!

Peggy Alborn said...

I'm sure many of us have shed tears for you, too, Sherry - and are smiling to see you back on-line, sharing your experiences with us - as usual!

jacque4u2c said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Linda Ledbetter said...

It's AWESOME to see you blogging, Sherry! Congratulations on getting through all this with such grace. I know you're getting stronger every day, and I"m so glad you chose the route you did. It's all uphill from here, baby!

Lori said...

Sherry! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the update, and glad to hear each day is getting better! Take care, think of you often. Be strong...

cecelia said...

Sherry,

Thank you for sharing your journey. I'm so glad that I've been witness to it. And as a witness, I can testify that your life confirms that we can be anything we choose to be.

Thank you for choosing to be strong and bright and honest and fierce.

Genevieve Rodriguez said...

So glad to hear from you. God is definitely on your side, Sherry. He IS good. <3 ya girlfriend. Give me a call!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Sweetie, I love both of my breasts and it's been 13 years! I did have some lympth node involvement but all is well. i'd likek to say your're journey will be smooth - but it will be hard - you'll be tested - keep your faith - give yourself time to grieve your loss and then, once a week, have a "no cancer" day, wher you don;t talk about it, you don't answer questions, you TRY not to think about it..and your live will go on. Hugs and if you have any questions, please let me know!!
"Been there, done that - have the T-shirt"

Robin said...

Glad to hear from you Sherry! Hope your journey continues to be a positive one and I'm praying for your speedy recovery.

Hugs,
Robin

Pixie said...

I was just thinking about you last night and wondering how you were. I know the journey has not been easy, but know that we are out here, cheering you on!

Dorthe said...

Sherry,dear, that is wonderfull news, that it did not spread :)
now hopefully you will get bach your strengh ,soon- but two operations, will surely take a bit time to recover-
Wishing you good mood, and piecefull relaxing.
Hugs,Dorthe

paperqueen said...

How wonderful to see your blogging again. I am sorry for every bit of pain and discomfort you're in, but relieved that the choice you made was definitely the right one. Not a day goes by that you're not in my thoughts.
Continue to take care of yourself and grow stronger every day.
Hugs,
Eileen

Piddawinkle said...

so lovely to hear from you and hear that things are progressing in the right direction ((hugs))

That Girl Ang said...

SMiles for now. Post for later. I'm just glad you are back.

Ang

Nancy said...

God is good and you are His special daughter, Sherry! He's got you in His loving arms. I'm so pleased to hear that the surgery was successful. Will continue to pray that God will guide and comfort you on your journey to wellness. Hoping to see you soon and give you a {gentle} hug!
blessings and prayers!

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

So glad to hear it's over and went well. The healing is just beginning in so many ways I imagine. Praying God's healing hand upon you physically and emotionally. Yes, life is hard....but God is good.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Sheri, I'm sending you lots of love and strength across the miles...you aren't on this journey alone. Be well.

Cardarian said...

I have just now come around to your blog and have noticed all that has been going on! So sorry about all your problems - I will pray for you and send you lots of positive energy! I am sure a lot of us bloggers will and that will help you feel better every day! Support of friends is so important!
Lots and lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Sue said...

Sherry, although you seemed to have a bit of a bumpy road initially, the outcome definitely looks great. No lymph node involvement is wonderful news!

So glad that you are on the road to recovery!

Hugs,

Sue

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

The great attitude you have about this is going to be what gets you through the rough days. I have paused to say a word of prayer and am sending hugs to you.

Bevie said...

Oh Sherry I just found out you had this surgery....I am so sorry I haven't kept up with you...actually I did wonder where you were. You are a very strong women having gone thru all you have and I know it's because you Believe God is in control...He has his arms wrapped around you!!! I will continue to pray for all that you still have to go thru...you are a blessing to so many of us....(((gentle hugs)))