Friday, June 1, 2012

Celebration & Realistic Expectations

My surgeon called me tonight to tell me the pathology results of my bilateral mastectomy.  She began the conversation by telling me that the initial results came back specific.  However, Lefty had a fibroadenoma in it with suspicious stuff in it.  According to my breast surgeon, the specimen was sent to a lab in Boston, Mass., for further examination.  (Wow.)  The results came in that night and she wanted to tell me right away.

The results being: Lefty had a fibroadenoma with presence of atypia hyperlasia.  In other words, pre-(maybe even an extra pre-)cancerous cells but not cancer.  Sideshow Boob, fka Righty, had NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER, meaning that I did this surgery at the right moment.  I had my boobs removed at a moment they were not trying to kill me.  The 95 percent odds are true for me.

I just want to emphasize that I am not free from cancer or cured.  Once it happens, the risk of return (however the return may be) is always there.  I'm always going to have to remain vigilant and alert for possible things wrong.  I'll be a lot less anxious about breast cancer, but I'm not going to pretend this never happened.

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