Thursday, April 11, 2019

Unpleasant Update

I received unpleasant news at my appointment at the surgeon's office on Wednesday afternoon. Pathology shows that there is a little more tissue that needs to be removed where indication of cancerous cells has arisen on the margin of the tissue removed during mastectomy last week. Margins should always be clear. Surgeon will do what he calls re-excision to extract a small amount more tissue and adjust the incision, hopefully then drawing all together. Tricky but doable, he says. Alternative would be to look into possibility of radiation but he'd have to consult others on that. I opted for re-excision.

It'll be an outpatient procedure, on Tuesday, no overnight stay this time.

Here we go again! The incision and drain are still in process of healing from last Tuesday.

More unpleasant news. Surgeon advises having right breast removed, as and when I feel up to it, so that we don't have all these same issues again, a year or so down the line. It isn't a certainty this would happen but it's a clear possibility. I feel this is sensible, and as soon as left-side work is all healed, I shall do as advised. As far as they know, from my mammograms, and breast MRI a few weeks ago, there is no cancer in the right breast at present, so it isn't madly urgent that it be removed, but asap will be preferable, because a few weeks ago these extra cancer cells were not visible on the left side. It'll be for peace of mind as much as anything - and I'll be better balanced when all's done!

(Astrological thought) - I wondered what Pluto and Saturn retrograding over old ground had in store for me - now I know! A few more months of medical hassles still to go!


WiseLalia said...

Best of luck on this process and my best wishes for your recovery. <3

Twilight said...

WiseLalia ~ Thank you kindly - I do appreciate your good wishes! :)

R J Adams said...

Hang in there, girl.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ I'm hangin' RJ. You too my friend, and Trish, of course - it must be getting ever harder for her, she is often in my thoughts. Love to you both.

Anonymous said...

Good thing you're getting the bad stuff out of the way! Living on earth is all about change. May your kismet be sweet once this passes.

“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.” Nicholas Sparks

Wisewebwoman said...

Oh dear I am so sorry to hear this T. You have certainly been through the wringer health wise in the last wee while. May this be the end of it and yes, wise decision on your next procedure. A friend of mine did likewise and it is now 30 years later. And as they say, your age is in your favour as it slows growth.

Finger crossed and healing thoughts.


Twilight said...

Anonymous ~ Thank you kindly Anon! I've always been fond of the notion of "kismet" (the musical of that name is a favourite too).

Good quote - akin to those popular 'darkest hour' lines - is it just before the storm or just before the dawn? :)

Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ Thank you, WWW - and for the encouraging remark about your friend's decision. I feel it'd be wise to take that plunge now, while I still feel relatively strong health-wise. Down the line a way, the procedure might feel, to an even more aged me, to be less possible or wise. At least now I'm becoming "an old hand" at hospital procedures - whereas a year or so ago, and for most of my life I've been scared silly of medical and hospital matters. I'm learning my lessons, albeit late in life. :)

LB said...

Twilight ~ It's very brave the way you're facing your fears and taking the steps that feel right for you. It can't always be easy, hope you're letting yourself grieve when and if you need to. Something like this really helps put things in perspective.

Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you.

Twilight said...

LB ~ Thank you, LB - you're very kind. I haven't felt exactly grief-stricken, so far but have been extra-sensitive, and more prone to tear up at stuff quite unconnected to "me". I guess that's grief quietly using the back door. :)

Wisewebwoman said...

Know that I am thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. It must be an emotional roller coaster of a ride at the moment. We are all so very much more fragile as we age and face that final curtain.

Strength and courage to you.

Big hug.


Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ Thank you WWW (hug) - your comment somehow got mixed in with the spammy stuff - just found it.