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Dec 11, 2011 01:38PM
I felt exactly the same way!!! Got my DCIS/IDC dx on September 15th. Surgery (BMX/recon) was originally scheduled for Halloween. Not my first choice, but I got used to it. Then they had to reschedule due to the need for both surgeons (BS and PS) to be present in the OR. So it got bumped to November 8th.
Then I started to worry - o.k., I had INVASIVE cancer....wasn't it going to spread? And since they did a core needle biopsy, wasn't that really going to spread the cancer all over the place? And what if my lymph nodes had been clear on November 7th, but showed positive on November 8th, and that would mean the difference between no chemo and chemo?
But as life often does when you're busy making plans, it got more complicated.
Right before my November 8th surgery, I got sick. Really sick, with a horrible upper respiratory infection. I thought maybe I could call it a cold and squeak through the surgery anyway, but my docs were smarter than that. They gave me a month to heal before trying again. And my imagination went into overtime!
However, my Breast Care Coordinator was wonderful, went over my biopsy results again and again, assuring me that the IDC was tiny and because it was slow-growing, very likely had been there a while. Although she couldn't be 100% sure until the final path reports, she also said it was highly unlikely that it would spread to the lymph nodes in just a month or two.
So she calmed me down, and I actually used that extra time to heal from my flu, to decorate the house for Christmas, to order gifts online and get them wrapped, and to get the house all set up (my little healing nest) for the day I'd come home from the hospital.
I'm so glad I took the extra time. I was healthier, calmer, and more prepared. Had my BMX with TEs on Monday, December 5th, and an recuperating well at home. Don't have the final path report yet, but I do have my first Post-Op appointments this Tuesday.
It was 11 weeks from diagnosis to surgery.
Big hugs to you!!!
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/05/2011 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement
08/22/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast
09/05/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
10/22/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)