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I went to the surgeon this morning and he said they could either do a lumpectomy with radiation afterwards or a full mastectomy. Either would work well to eliminate the cancer – it would be my choice. I said I will go with the lumpectomy and radiation. The operation will be on Monday April 10th. I’m glad I will get in so soon. Then I will be started on some kind of hormone therapy where I will be taking a pill for some years into the future. The cancer type is called ductal cancer or IDC (invasive ductal carcinoma). That is the basics of what I know. It will be an out-patient surgery and only take about 4 hours in all. I will talk to the oncologist next Wednesday and should learn even more then.

I felt it would be a good idea to cancel the baby chicks and just concentrate on taking care of myself so I called the hatchery when we got back from the doctor's office - it's funny but that was the only thing that made me cry today.

Date: 2017-03-31 12:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gracegiver
Baby chicks can join your tribe at a later date. I think you'll want this time for yourself, resting and such.

Take care! You're loved over here on LJ land.
Edited Date: 2017-03-31 05:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-31 12:51 am (UTC)
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Oh, Mary. I'm so sorry. But I'm glad they can treat and you are such a strong woman. I get why the chicks made you cry. *hugs*

Date: 2017-03-31 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad that they could schedule the procedure so soon. Sorry about the chicks but, you are right you have to have time to take care of you. (Hugs)

Date: 2017-03-31 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it just makes me choke and want to cry to read this. i send you much love from a faraway strange LJ land. i'm glad you chose the least invasive option. it might be the perfect option. i will hope. sooner is better. yes, get all the info you can from the docs, but also listen to your intuition and maybe do some of your own research. think of YOU first. i know your family will be so supportive because they love you. i'm glad. and the chicks .. well damn! ... but the will come in their own time. xox.

Date: 2017-03-31 04:26 am (UTC)
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It sounds like you chose the best of two options you wish you didn't have to choose between. I will be sending good thoughts your way between now and the 10th, and healing thoughts from then on.

Date: 2017-03-31 11:31 am (UTC)
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It sounds like you chose the least invasive option. That you don't have to have chemotherapy is a blessing. Is the pill tamoxifen? That has very little side effects from that I've heard. I'm sorry you have to go through this.

Yes, I think cancelling the order for the chickens is a good idea. It would be just too much. As the others said, putting yourself first at this time would be best. It would be a let down, though.


Date: 2017-03-31 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lots of good thoughts to you. Someone close to me went through a similar process last year ... and though it sucked, she persevered and now it's in the past.


Date: 2017-03-31 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw. Wishing some chickies for you very soon xoxo <3

Date: 2017-03-31 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww--I'm sorry about the baby chicks. Maybe next year though. .... And I think sometimes with huge stresses, it's precisely the little(r) things that somehow let us release our emotions.


Date: 2017-03-31 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so sorry I've been out of the loop whilst this has been going on, but I wish you the very best! *hugs*

Date: 2017-03-31 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
DAMNIT. i'm so sorry.

my mom went the route you're going (she's been in remission since 1995), my mother-in-law (diagnosed in december) did the mastectomy. both told me that the worst part of that decision was making it; once it was made, it was just the... part about... waiting for the surgery. which sucks. one of the things that helped me was getting a bunch of two-person games and playing at least one each night with ben instead of just... sitting there watching television and waiting for my surgery.

i think it's probably a good idea to wait until at least you've gotten all the results back from the surgery (they kind of... slip that in there, that there are more tests and more result-waiting periods after the surgery to make sure you're on the correct course of treatment, but it happened to all three of us) to bring home the chicks, but i think tending them could be a wonderful and healing post-recovery project. ♥


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