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Our view with dinner last night

our sunset on Grand lake and our cozy room at the B and B


Well, I have been done with radiation for 2 weeks. I went in for a skin check as scheduled and the itchiness and slight pain I have are all normal.
Last Friday, I had a major melt-down and was afraid that I had gotten mean and crabby again. Through the course of surgery and all, I have been pretty chipper, especially for me as I can be rather mean and crabby a lot. I was really enjoying the being happy.. and I was feeling real happiness again, and I haven't felt that in a looong time.
I called the Cancer Resource line and of course everybody was out until this week. But I had a talk with the person I got mean and crabby at and found an article from a breast cancer survivor that I actually read and it made me feel better. I found ( duh) that I am not alone in feeling what I am feeling and I am at a place that could be called the "new normal" for me.
I still haven't told my parents, and am really debating whether or not to tell my cousin who is coming in for the big graduation party this weekend. T tell the truth, I am afraid that she will tell her Mom( my aunt) and then my aunt will tell my Mom.
Thank you again my LJ friends for being there for me.

Bell Ringing ceremony

Of course I started to cry

Update and Happy Birthday to me

Well, my big birthday surprise is that I am done with radiation today. The Doctor said no "boost" so it was only 16 treatments.
When you are all done, a staff person reads you the certificate and you ring the bell on the wall. ( I have piccies on my cell phone, but the dumb thing crashed today) It is a beautiful sounding bell and I gave it a good clang and it hummed for a long time afterwards. I of course cried. And my friend who had the 7:12 time before me stayed to be part of it. She cried too. It was a very emotional thing. I have to take hormone blockers for awhile, and do follow up appointments. But I can just move on now with regular stuff.


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Proud Aunt


So proud of my nephew Michael at his High school graduation.



Well I met with the medical oncologist and the radiation oncologist and had the multidisciplinary team meeting yesterday.
No surprises, pretty much what the surgeon said .
I will be taking an estrogen blocker for 5 years or so. And as I am not 66 yet, i still have to go through a course of radiation, but only three weeks worth.
I met with a PT and I am doing everything right to slowly stretch out the lymphatic cord in my armpit. The scars are flattening and not really sore.
The Wilson Cancer center has a very warm support group. And through them I have a social worker available to talk to forever. And during the radiation I an eligible for free house cleaning once a month.Hmmm.
Thanks for all your continued good thoughts.
And the first boat race of the season is Sunday!


It was two weeks ago yesterday that I had my surgery. I had my follow-up with the surgeon on Friday. Both incisions are looking great and I have no restrictions on activity. I do have several lymphatic cords though. These are very normal but very weird. Apparently the lymphatic system takes umbrage at being messed with and forms scar tissue like cords. One runs from the incision under my arm,across my armpit and down to my elbow. It is tight and sore and very odd. Two are in my breast and they feel like guitar strings. Being the therapist that I am, my first response was to rub and stretch the cords.... guess what? I was right. they seem to be lessening. But I can see how they could become limiting.
On May18, I have an appointment with the medical oncologist, an appointment with the radiation oncologist and then a meeting with the Combined group to discuss the pharmacological and the radiation course. My surgeon is pretty sure that the course of radiation will be shorter as all my pathology reports came back so good.
All in all I feel pretty perky.
and the boat goes in the water on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers.



Well the very good news is that the pathology report is back and the nodes and the tissue surrounding the cancer spot are all clear. yay! Not sure how this affects any follow up course of radiation, but it will surely be on the lesser side.
I took the week off, and have been hanging out napping with the kitties. I feel remarkably well. Most of the pain is gone, unless I reach or move too quickly. It never got more than a 2-3/10. But I am glad that I did take the time off. The last couple of weeks were tiring.
My brothers and sisters-in-law have been great. As has Mary from the boat.
And all my LJ friends, thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and hugs.




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