Well, this is sort of a good news/bad news thing. Let's start with good news: The cancer lump was smaller than they thought - 1.4 centimeters instead of the 1.8 that they thought. Also, they got the entire lump, with clean margins (they take a little around the whole lump to make sure nothing gets left behind, so clean margins means that they were successful in this). All good so far!
Next, the lymph node. Not so good. The lymph node showed cancer in the pathology reports, which means that the cancer had started to spread. To be honest, I'm just disappointed. But, it is what it is, so here we are. This means a couple of things:
1. It wasn't detectable in surgery, only in pathology, which means it's a very small spot, and likely was just beginning to spread.
2. I may have to have another surgery to have more lymph nodes removed (Big bummer. My incision from the first one is REALLY sore).
3. I will for sure have to have chemo.
4. I may also have to have surgery to insert a port for the chemo IV's and blood draws. If I end up needing both this and #2, then these can be combined, and will be performed on the 29th.
My next step is to meet with my surgeon, then my medical oncologist, then my radiation oncologist on Monday morning. It will be a long morning of appointments! After that, though, we're start getting a plan in place for chemo, radiation, etc.
I am feeling pretty drained right now. I had really hoped for better news, but know that even now, God is in control. You can keep praying for us, we are both really tired, disappointed, and sad.
In the meantime, I have been working on feeling better after this surgery, which has felt like no small task! My parents were here over the weekend, and between them and Dave, I was waited on hand and foot. Also, friends and family around the area have been delivering meals to us, and that has an incredible blessing (good food, too!!).
I am feeling better today than I was yesterday, and hope to feel better still tomorrow. I've been having some problems with the medicine they've given me for pain, however, and we're currently trying to work out a different pain management solution, so you can pray that goes well.
That's all for now - thanks for caring, and thanks for praying!