Today we had follow up appointments with both the oncology surgeon(Dr. Haick) and the plastic surgeon (Dr. Barazza). Everything went as we had thought that it would. I still have 4 drains in because I have so much swelling, they didn’t think it wise to pull any of them yet (I’m good with this b/c if I had more fluid, I would pop). Dr. H referred me to the medical oncologist, Dr. Young, and we will see her for the first time next Friday. Chemo is still recommended at this point, BUT since I am a Stage 1 and it had not spread at all, I am a candidate for the genetic testing that would determine the probability of the cancer returning. Even having both breasts removed, this cancer is the same as seen in ovarian cancer so that is what my risk would be. They removed all dressings and we got a real look at everything today. I have one area that we have to watch really closely. It is essentially just bruised, but there is concern that the skin/tissue might blister and “die”. We will go back to see Dr. B on Monday about this.
For about 1/2 a second today, I was really sad and then I was okay because I looked up and saw my husband smiling reassuringly at me. I wish that words could express how I feel about Rob. He is kind and loving. He is patient and accepting. He makes me laugh when that is exactly what I need to do. I never doubt how much he loves me and no matter what I look like, he always tells me that I am beautiful. I will never be able to show how grateful I am for him. With him by my side, I know that WE will beat cancer!