The Big C

Feb. 9th, 2019 04:09 am
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Well, so the biopsy was positive. I am actually not completely freaking out about it because it's very minor, as cancer goes. It's small and it's away from the chest wall (which apparently is good) and there's no lymph node involvement (I know that's good, it has to do with the way cancer can spread, for one thing) - I just have to have a lumpectomy. And that's really all I know right now. I have an appointment with the surgeon next week so that's when I'll know more.

I didn't tell anybody but Rob and my boss and my sister, so far. I definitely want as few people as possible to know at work because I don't want to have to deal with a million questions about it. Thank goodness for HIPAA, because I can tell you from personal experience that in the old days everybody in the whole hospital knew everything, pretty much immediately. It's a small town, where I work. (Far as I know, nobody I know in real life follows me here, so I'm not worried about you guys.)

I had a bad feeling about it - the first radiologist I talked to acted like it was probably nothing, but then after that I could just tell from the way they were talking that it sounded more worrisome. Then I got a call this morning from a doctor (rather than a nurse) and by the time I woke up he had called several times. So that didn't sound like it was going to be good news. But cancer is not the death sentence it used to be, in general. I've even managed to completely forget about this whole thing for long stretches of the day today.


Um, as far as the rest of life, I'm still playing Covet Fashion with my sister - have I talked about this here? and my god, is she competitive. I'm actually getting pretty good scores though so I may give her more of a run for her money than she expected. Also I finally went to my second movie of 2019 and it was a repeat - Into the Spider-verse. I liked it even better the second time. We will probably go see the Lego thing this weekend but we are waiting til Sunday night so there will hopefully be fewer kids.

Date: 2019-02-09 01:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nonelvis
Oh my god, Mel, I'm so sorry. But it's heartening to hear that all you need is a lumpectomy, and hopefully any follow-up treatment after that is minimal. Please keep us posted.

Date: 2019-02-09 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] garpu
Ugh. Good that it's manageable?

Date: 2019-02-10 02:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] garpu
I might not comment all the time because I've got a gigantic doctor phobia, but I am thinking/praying. :)

Date: 2019-02-10 12:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oracne
I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

Date: 2019-02-12 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
You'll know much more after talking to the surgeon. You always do your mammos, so this shouldn't be very advanced at all, and immanently treatable. Do let us know. No question, you are in the very best hands.

Sending positive vibrations your way. Best good luck!

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