OT: options are known, surgery date is set

In any cancer, it appears the most important thing is to control its growth, arrange for removal, and expedite this process. You don’t want the buggers hanging around for longer than needed.
We got our surgery date this past Monday. 1 day after my daughter’s 12th birthday, my wife will undergo the operation.
Its the recovery process we are preparing for, though the sheer velocity of this stuff is hitting hard. 5 weeks ago, we didn’t have an inkling of what was to come. 4 weeks ago we got a proverbial frying pan to the face. 1 week ago, we had an oncologist go through the choices. 6 days ago we talked reconstruction. 72 hours ago we got our date and time.
Its all theoretical until you get that time. Then you know this sh!t is real.
We don’t know if its smooth sailing yet. The sentinel node biopsy and the margin measurements are critical to the next steps.
We are on this trajectory. And the 21 day glide path has been set. I understand the various pathways that this can take post surgery, depending upon the test outcome. Again, its theoretical until its not.
I am prepping to work from home for a while. Have one of our VOIP phones, a shiny new laptop due to arrive Friday. An extra set of hands in the lab.
All this complicated by a bank that apparently wants to lose money, and drive their tenants out. Update on that shortly. Its sad.
No one ever said life was easy, or fair. You play with the hand you are dealt, and you either win or lose with that hand. There are no do overs. No taking things back. Life is what it is. And in 21 days, even though we won’t know for sure for a few weeks, she will feel like our hand just got better based upon the surgery. I agree. Hopefully nature and reality will back us up on this.

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  1. Hi Joe,
    Hope this all goes very well for your wife, and for you and your family!
    My wife’s journey with breast cancer was also very much a rollercoaster. Initial diagnosis was early July, biopsy a week or so after, surgery a week or two after that, adjuvant chemo once she was recovered from surgery (4 sessions, each 3 weeks apart).
    She was offered a lumpectomy initially, but chose a mastectomy on that side and we were very glad she chose that as the tumour was larger than the mamogram and biopsy had showed – plus we kept meeting people who had lumpectomies and were coming back due to reoccurences.
    They took the sentinel node for biopsy in the same operation, and whilst it was clear the size of the tumour meant that adjuvant chemo was still the go for her.
    This weekend we’re off to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary and we now feel that we’ll get quite a few more of them after this!
    All the best,

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