Friday, October 15, 2010

1st Post Op. appointment

I am Grateful for progress...

It's good to be on the post rather than the pre side of the operation! Appointment with her breast cancer surgeon at Blumenthal this morning. All went well, Dr. Flippo went over the final pathology report on the breast tissue that she removed. Everything was as she had anticipated. All five lymph nodes were benign, the ductal carcinoma had not penetrated beyond the cell walls and the invasive lobular was a small, slow growing cancer. The lab results confirmed Susan's cancer as a "Stage 1" diagnosed early through mammography and a wonderful radiologist. She has a post op with her plastic surgeon who handled the reconstruction  next week and a oncology appointment pending.
I noticed today how familiar everything has become, the robes open in the front, the endless forms have been filled out in duplicate, the medications are always reviewed for accuracy. And how easy the word cancer rolls off my tongue,  how I can type it with such abandon now. Not that it isn't serious or scary but it isn't nearly as formidable as I once thought. Everyone involved in Susan's care has been so incredibly supportive and optimistic.
 I find that this experience has taught me to accept what life throws at you, look for the good and open to the Grace available to handle it.

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?__Luke 12 :25-26

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