I had a couple of choices to make...
- I could have a lumpectomy with some lymph nodes removed. Then after surgery I would do 6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. After that I would need to have reconstructive surgery to fix the...I can't even think of the word to put here. Mangled boob? Hole?
- Or I could do a mastectomy with some lymph nodes removed, and not have to do any radiation.
The second scenario...cut my entire boob off? Was that really necessary? If so, yes, I would do it! But, was it over-treating? And, how do you match up the reconstructed breast to the real deal. One...(once again not sure what word to insert) breast, boob, "lady" would be at fully attention sitting up nice and high. The other breast would be sad, saggy, and just look different. So do I just cut both of them off and make them match?
|John brought balloons and pies home|
when we found out it was a
treatable cancer. We had a little
celebration. Riley took it upon
herself to position them and take
a picture. Oh Riley!
I've prayed, fasted, thought about it, done lots of research--and I have finally come to a decision. In all my studying, I found out that there is a hospital that does the lumpectomy--and then does the radiation right then during surgery. The radiation is done under the skin and only done one time. A one time radiation under the skin!? I like the sound of that!! Then while you are still under anesthesia, they do the lymph nodes and breast reconstruction. Everything is done at one time. I really liked this option, but didn't think it would be possible. The hospital is in southern California...and I am not. I was certain that I couldn't afford going there.
A couple days ago, I was standing in my kitchen and I had the impression to call my insurance company. I found out that this amazing hospital with the Breast Cancer Clinic was in-network. My conversation with the girl at the insurance company was hilarious. It went something like this. "Hi I was just calling to ask about coverage at a hospital outside of my state." When I gave her all the information she said, "Yes, it is in-network." I was like, "It's IN net-work?" To which she replied, "In-network". Once again I said, "IN net-work?" Then I called back the next morning and did the same thing to another girl. I'm sure they noted my account that I was a crazy lady with a short term memory. It was a no-brainer to go there!
I have not even mentioned that the CEO of this awesome hospital is my brother-in-law. Bob has notified all parties involved that I am coming. They are rolling out the red carpet for me by helping me get it all scheduled as quick as possible. I think I will plant a big kiss on each of them when I get there.
So, I am scheduled to go have the surgery in the next couple of weeks. I feel like I am making the right choice and doing what is right for me. I am just anxious to get this done. I decided to wait and have the surgery until I get the results back from the BRCA gene test. The test will tell me whether or not I carry a breast/ovarian cancer gene. The doctor thinks it is highly unlikely that I will test positive because all my sisters, aunts, grandparents and my mom have not had breast cancer. But, just to be safe, I am waiting. It would change the way we would do surgery. I'm certain I would do a double mastectomy if I tested positive. In the meantime, I am biting off all my fingernails and eating every last thing in sight. Oh boy!
|We have done a few things to help relieve some stress. All of the girls went and |
got a pedicure. It was the first time for the girls and they were in heaven. They
just kept giggling. It was so cute!
|My super-lady cape that my friend gave|
me to help me through this! Thanks Sydne! This
picture makes my legs look so short! Ha ha!