Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lumpectomy Done...With a Few Surprises!

I hate surprises!
I had my "Partial Mastectomy" with Sentinel Node Biopsy yesterday. It was supposed to be a same day surgery. The sentinel node biopsy was just a precaution...NO ONE expected to find that the cancer had spread...well, it did. There was cancer in the lymph node, so the surgeon had to take more nodes. This is not supposed to happen with DCIS, but the surgeon figures there was more invasive cancer than the biopsy found. We now have to wait until Thurs. or Friday to get the pathology report.
Because more lymph nodes were taken (from the armpit area) I have a drain tube, and I had to stay overnight in the hospital. Rich and I had to learn how to take care of the drain and change the dressings. I'm glad I was there yesterday, because I got the big drugs--diluaded and percoset. Today I haven't had much pain., just some tenderness.
So, unless it was just a few stray cells in the sentinel node, I will most likely have to have chemo again (in addition to the radiation already planned). Of course I immediately thought of my hair! It seems like most breast cancer chemo cocktails make you lose your hair.
My oncologist, Dr. J., was making rounds yesterday so he stopped in to see me (not planned, I just happened to be there). It was just a short visit, but nice to see him. Tonight (about 6:30) he called here. He said he could tell I was a little disappointed yesterday (ya think?). He wanted to reassure me. He said if I have to do chemo, it'll just be a nuisance, and I'll get through it. He said we'll do whatever we have to. He almost had me in tears. It was so thoughtful for him to call just to reassure me. He told me to call him Thursday for the pathology report.
The other thing that the path report will tell us is if the surgeon got clean margins or not. He feels there is a good chance he did, but he has no way of telling until he gets the path report. If there is cancer at or near the edge of the tissue he removed, I'll have to have a re-excision--meaning another surgery to cut more tissue out.
I've already had a problem with my drain tonight! My underarm was feeling very wet and I thought I was sweating alot. I realized I better check and make sure it wasn't my drain, and of course it was! I think it got all backed up because there is a lot of blood clots in the tubing. We tried to break them up a little and put new dressing on. We'll check in alittle while to see if the dressing is wet again. I'm SO THANKFUL Rich is willing to help with all this. I could do it myself, but it would be difficult and make me more sore.
Well, time for more pain meds...and soon to bed. Its been a long day and I only slept a couple of hours last night.
Keep praying for me! I know sometimes it seems that God isn't listening, but He is. He has a plan for me and His word tells us to be PERSISTENT or BOLD("shameless insistence" in Greek) in prayer!
Thanks for all the love, thoughts, prayers, cards, etc. It means A LOT to me!


  1. Tina, I am praying... right now... that you and Rich get a good night's sleep. I know how much you need it! "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."~Matthew 11:28
    "For He grants sleep to those He loves."~ Psalm 127:2b.
    "In peace I will both lie down and sleep;for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."~Psalm 4:8

  2. I feel so discouraged right now about the news that I don't know what to say. Of course I am continuing to pray. You are always in my prayers. I just didn't expect this as I'm sure you didn't either. I am truly sorry you have more cancer to deal with. I will also pray for words of encouragement. Big hugs.

  3. Tina,
    So sorry it ended up being harder than expected. As always, you are in my prayers. I hope you keep your positive attiude and keep plugging along. I'm glad you have wonderful daughters to be there for you when you need them and Rich helping of course.

    Love and Prayers,

  4. IT really saddens me to hear what you are going through Tina (family). Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Julie Thompson

  5. Tina we are praying for you and the family! You are the real heroes of faith when you go toe to toe with these challenges and muster faith and joy! Peace, Mark Spencer

  6. Tina - reading your blog and seeing the faith and bravery with which you are facing this bad news deeply touches my heart. You are an amazing woman and I am praying that the Lord continue to make you and your family strong in Him. May He release His miracle working power!!!
    Love and blessings - Tom