Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A long row to hoe...

I am Grateful for Holidays spent with family & friends...

Spent the weekend at the Lake, last big hurrah (sp) of the Summer. Now back at it. So without too much over share on my part, we are STILL waiting on a scheduled surgery date. The plan is to perform a unilateral mastectomy, a sentinel lymph node biopsy with immediate reconstruction using the DIEP method a relatively new (to the Charlotte area) procedure utilizing your own body tissue thus avoiding some of the infection risk associated with other types of reconstruction. The sentinel node procedure allows them to retrieve and test only the closest lymph nodes to the diseased area, they will be tested during surgery and if they are clear (although the surgeon did tell us that there is a chance it could be a false negative, meaning a rapid method is used to determine initial results then the lymph nodes along with the other affected tissue is sent to pathology for more thorough testing) and if it appears that radiation will not be necessary then reconstruction can proceed. STILL lots of what ifs and maybes. As our sweet Mama used to say "Susie you've got a long row to hoe" or when we were in trouble "Girls you've got to hoe your own row". Lots of gardening metaphors were used at our house we gardened before gardening was "cool" I can remember standing at the end of that row thinking I'll never get to the end! and being grateful our garden was at the back of our house 'cause Susan and I would be mortified if anyone (close friends excluded as they often had to help out if they were visiting) saw us working in the garden. My how things have changed.

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience __Colossians 1:11

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