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Friday, July 18, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I am finally home! There really is no place like home. I was greeted by Charley and that was just what I needed. All she wanted to do was give her mom some lovin'. Feeling her little arms wrap around my neck was incredible. She is at Nana & Grandpa's tonight and I know that she is being well taken care of. The house is extra quiet and I'm not sure I like it, but I know it is for the best while I rest and regain my strength. I am actually not in a lot of pain. However, I am also taking some pretty strong pain medicine so it must be working.

This morning, Dr. Geter, my plastic surgeon, came into my room bright and early to remove my bandages. I was a little nervous about this because I didn't know what to expect. I have to say, I was really impressed. I don't have much, but what I do have is shaped nicely and actually looks like a breast. Ryan and I were both very impressed by Dr. Geter's work and are looking forward the next couple of weeks as my breast really begin to take shape. It's exciting to know that I get to pick the size of my new breast. I know a lot of women who would love to have that opportunity! I will see Dr. Cavagnol next week and Dr. Geter the following week. Dr. Geter will remove my drains and that is a day that both Ryan and I are looking forward to.

When I left the hospital today, there was still not a pathology report. God heard my prayers once again because Dr. Cavagnol called me at home around 5:15 with the results. The pathology report showed no additional cancer beyond the breast! The tumor measured around 2.2 cm which was a little larger than first thought. The tissue surrounding the tumor was all clear meaning that the tumor HAD NOT spread any further into the breast. In addition, the lymph nodes that were removed with the breast did not show any cancer. They also checked my left breast for cancer and it was all clear! Thank you Lord for using Dr. Cavagnol to take the cancer from my body.

For those of you wondering if I will still be doing chemo, the answer is yes. Although the cancer is gone and I am considering myself to be cancer free, I am still going to take the opportunity to kill any microscopic cells that could contain cancer. These cells could be completely unrelated to my breast cancer. As I have said before, God had walked me through this entire process and I know that chemo is something that He has planned for my life, therefore I will obey Him.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support. May this journey continue to strengthen my life and yours. Praise God for His healing power!

2 comments:

Anne said...

Mel,

You are right, there really is no place like home when your body has been through something like that. I called you to check in earlier. When you feel up to it, call me. I will have my phone with me. You guys are in my prayers and I am so glad things are going smoothly! I am off to the beach for nowm but will check in tomorrow. Just think, this time next year, your boobs will be bigger than mine and better in a bikini! Love and prayers as always!

Anne

Missy said...

God is good! I will continue to pray for you and your family as you start chemo. You are such a strong woman!!