Well I am home after the surgery. I actually got home Saturday around 4:00. The surgery went really well and they only took three nodes. They did not find any cancer cells in the real time dissection, but sent them off to do a more detailed exam. The surgeon said he was 96% sure they were clear. He said I would still have to have chemo because of the HER2+ receptor, but treatment would be determined after all the pathology results were back. I am really glad that I opted for the bi-lateral mastectomy. I would hate the thought of having to go through this again. I have felt really good, and haven't had any pain meds since midnight Friday. I am taking Tylenol if I need it, but my sinuses have bothered me more than the surgery. The drains are a pain, as many of you warned me about, but my husband is taking good care of me and helps me with them. Everyone has been great and my church is bringing meals to us every other day for the next several weeks. God has been SO GOOD and I want to give HIM all the PRAISE for my surgery and recovery. I know the rest of the year holds more challenges but scripture tells me that He never gives me more than I can handle and that "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." What a glorious promise to hang on to. Many blessings to all of you this day!View Thread
So I was diagnosed last week with stage 1 breast cancer. It is hormone receptor negative, but HER2 positive. I have surgery scheduled for May 10th for a double mastectomy. That was my decision before finding out I am HER2 positive, and am even more confident with that decision now. The cancer is very small, but it is not known if it is in the lymph system yet. The doctor will take the nodes during surgery and that will determine further treatment. I wanted to get feedback from some of you who have been through this and what I can expect. I am in great health so I am hoping that will help. Any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.View Thread
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