Appointment with the surgeon

Firstly, thanks for all your messages of support. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate them and how much strength I have drawn from them.

I went to see the surgeon today and will have an MRI scan, mammogram and chest xray done tomorrow morning. They won’t have a full picture of what’s going on until they’ve analysed all of that, and the surgeon is going to call me tomorrow afternoon to discuss what they have found.

My surgery will most likely be on 20th August, further away than I had somehow thought.

The surgeon seemed a little more optimistic today. They ran some more tests on the samples they took on Tuesday, and found that the cells are not respondent to oestrogen (sp!!) and a couple of other hormones which he mentioned but which I forget!! I am deliberately staying away from online searches at this point so as not to drive myself insane, but that seemed to be a positive thing.

The actual tumour is about 2cm across, which I have no idea about but am hoping that is quite small…it has spread to the lymph node and I don’t think that is a very good thing but will wait and see what is said.

The biggest news is that the surgeon is hoping he can save some of my breast, which would obviously be wonderful, though on the downside I won’t get the lipo on my stomach which might alleviate the effects of childbirth, lol!!! 😀 Only kidding, obviously this would be much easier to recover from than a full mastectomy and I can easily live with a bit of a dimple!

I will still need the chemo and he did mention radiotherapy today as well but I have no idea what that really means yet.

Emotionally, I think I am surprising myself and those around me by how OK I am feeling. Yes, initially I was horrified and I am still scared about the future.

However I am absolutely buggered if I am going to sit around and wallow in self pity. This thing is NOT the boss of me!

This is my 100th blog post. I know traditionally you post 100 things about yourself, and I even have it typed up and ready to go, but somehow it isn’t seeming very important at the moment. I will post it later. 😀

Lastly, my blog is NOT going to revolve around my condition from now on. I’ll post updates, so obviously for the next week or two it will mostly be about what’s going on, but apart from that I will still probably just be posting the same old stuff about the kids driving me mad and my life in general.

Thanks for listening.

9 Responses to “Appointment with the surgeon”

  1. July 31, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Go Suzy!

    The Radiotherapy does not usually come until after you’ve had surgery and chemo so you’ve got a long time to consider that one.

    August 20th – seems far but I’m sure it will be here in no time!


  2. 2 Elizabeth
    July 31, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Love you Suzy! Way to stay positive! Hugs to you! Elizabeth

  3. 3 Skry
    July 31, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Good positive attitude Suzabelle! Good idea about not looking online – fewer people write about things when they go well compared to when they go wrong, so I’m sure there are a very disproportionate number of good v bad stories available. Best to listen to the professionals and the leave the internet well alone.

    As for the 100th blog entry thing, you can always write 101 things about yourself, or 102, 103, etc. You never know, you could be writing “109 – kicked cancer’s ass like Chuck Norris in a kicking competition” 😀

  4. July 31, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for keeping us all posted. I hope that you’ll be able to have minimally invasive surgery, it does sound quite small. Do they know the type of cancer? I know that has a lot to do about the margin of healthy tissue they have to take to make sure they get it all. You have an amazingly positive attitude and I really admire that.

    (and yes, isn’t it strange how they don’t rush you right into surgery? that baffled me as well, I had to wait a month! You’d think they’d want to get it asap. I just don’t understand that at all).

  5. August 1, 2008 at 3:00 am

    The one constant you will have is the kids driving you nuts…I spent a day without mine adn it was good to get home…I will email you a shot of the whole gang. You deserve to be in on a bit of my “secret’.

  6. August 1, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Suzy… you’re my hero.

  7. August 1, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Such a fantastic positive attitude! 🙂 I actually read your post with a smile on my face after your joke about the lipo!

    Keep up the awesomeness Suzy :))

  8. 8 layla2376
    August 1, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Good advice all round, steer clear of any online sites aside from recognised ones ( charities) like Cancer Research and BACUP. Don’t go looking anything up until you you have all the facts which you won’t have until you have all scan and tissue results back, take it day by day and don’t rush ahead. Lovin the kick ass attitude and alas no tummy tuck, you’ll just have to hang onto your little pot like the rest of us !!!!!. All the best for today xxx ( Leigh, just realised my mail comes up with Layla)

  9. 9 lou
    August 1, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for taking the time to update us Suzy. You are in our thoughts constantly. x

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