02 October 2009

Cancer Update!! #1

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Just giving you all the latest news about my breast cancer treatment. I learned earlier this week that I will be having surgery on October 29.

I will be having a bilateral mastectomy (double mastectomy) to remove the cancer still in my right breast. I am doing a double mastectomy for peace of mind and because the tissue in my left breast is similar to the right and therefore I would have to continue monitoring it. I don't think I want to go through that again!

I will also do a lymph node dissection. Dr. Roberts will take 2 of the 3 layers of lymph nodes since cancer cells were found in the sentinel lobe.

I am doing a hysterectomy. This is to help my hormone therapy. For the hormone therapy I need to be post menopausal and the fastest way to do that is to have the surgery. I could take shots to shut down the ovaries but that could take months to accomplish the task. Right now I am of the mind to get this thing over with!!

I will do reconstructive surgery after the mastectomy. I am vague on this right now as I have not had my meeting with my plastic surgeon. I meet with her on Tuesday so I will know more then.

It would be safe to say that I am nervous about all of this but I can say positively that I am ready to be cancer free! I am going to enjoy my first true experience with Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October but after this, I want to be a survivor!

Thank you all for the many blessings and prayers you have said for me. I am truly blessed to have so many people out there who care for me.

10 comments :

  1. Dear Terri, I was just thinking about you this morning and here you are ... answering all of the questions I had!

    My nephew's wife, Teri, is having a "shave my head" party with her fellow elementary school teachers. She wants to be in charge of when she loses her hair. She has had one chemo treatment and has another next Tuesday. So far the side effect has been extreme fatigue for a couple of days. She plans on teaching throughout treatment and surgery (also bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.)

    My heart and soul are with you both as you make this huge journey. But I KNOW both of you are going to come through with flying colors!

    Take care ........

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  2. Love you sweet friend!!! Lots of prayers coming your way!!!

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  3. Terri, I know you will be glad to get this surgery over with. You continue to be in my prayers. I appreciate the update. God bless.

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  4. Oh Terri, sweetie, sending lots and lots of prayers. Thinking of you every day! So tell me, are you leaves turning? Is the sky that glorious blue? Is your sunlight getting all buttery and golden in the late afternoon? Hope beauty surrounds you each day, lovely girl.

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  5. I'm so sorry, Terri. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

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  6. Hi Terri, Thanks for giving us an update on your cancer treatment. I think of you often and send prayers out for you and your family.

    Your home does look all ready for fall! Wish I could say the same. I do so many fall sales, but our home is the last to look festive! :) My fall garland is in a heap in the entry- - - been that way for quite a while, now. The cats are loving it!

    The soup sounds good! I made the Hearty Minestrone found in the Oct. issue of MWest Living. I made mine in the crock pot and it was wonderful.

    L, Dana

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  7. Hi Terri,

    The prayers will continue and I love that you are being so aggressive with your treatment. It is so you. Take no prisoners...kill those cancer cells!

    ((hugs))

    Becky K.

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  8. I promise I pray for you every.single.time I say my prayers. As a survivor myself, I KNOW the power of prayer. You will be just fine my sweet friend.

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  9. Thinking of you sweet friend!

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  10. Love ya, Terri! Saying prayers and lots of positive thoughts for you!

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