In this season of Thanksgiving, I am realizing a new sense of abundance in my life, and the experience of cancer has much to do with this awareness. I’m especially grateful for…
My appointment with the medical oncologist Dr. Rupa Subramanian on 11/15 went well – she even remarked over how well the incisions were healing. Now that the immediate cancer concern has been taken care of by surgery, there are a slew of tests to make sure there is no cancer elsewhere in the body. If there is, I’ll have to have chemotherapy (whole body) before the radiation (localized to breast). So now I’ve got the following appointments:
I would say that I’ve been lucky enough to bounce back incredibly fast from all of this, except that Jess and I both believe in stacking the deck in our favor, so to speak. For years, we’ve both used guided meditation CDs to enhance health and mood, and are positive that it really paid off this time too.
I listened to Belleruth Naparstek’s Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery starting about 10 days before the surgery, and have listened to it every day since. It contains healing imagery to use before the surgery to “anticipate a successful surgery experience, surrounded by protection and support, the body slowing down blood flow and speeding up its mending capacity,”
I am thrilled (and relieved) to report that the lab analysis is in, and that my margins and lymph nodes are clear and clean!
Clear and clean margins and lymph nodes means the cancer was restricted to just that area and has not spread to any other organs. One tumor was 7 millimeters and the second was 11 millimeters. That’s less than 2 centimeters in total, which keeps me in the stage one cancer classification. And that’s good… it was small (still too small to feel by touch), we caught it early, and it’s the easiest stage to treat.
So, now we wait. When I was in Post-Op just prior to leaving the hospital last Wednesday evening, Dr. Blair, my surgeon stopped by to say that the surgery had gone very well and that she was pleased. That’s important, of course, with the tumors gone, the immune system can focus on healing. But just because the primary tumors have been eliminated by surgery, doesn’t mean I’m cancer free.
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